February 3, 2017

Grants awarded to grange film project

MIDDLEBURY — Historic New England has received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation Small and Inspiring grant program, and a $1,000 grant from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program for its latest Vermont Everyone’s History project. The Williston branch of Yankee Farm Credit also provided $100 toward the project.

Historic New England will partner with two local granges: Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham, to create a 30-minute film celebrating the role of granges in Vermont’s agricultural heritage and their continuing relevance. The film will include oral histories from grange members, archival images and footage of present-day grange events. It will screen in grange communities around the state and air on local cable access stations.

“Granges continue to provide a sense of belonging for rural residents. Many still practice century-old traditions while exploring innovative ways to respond to contemporary community needs. We are thrilled to receive these grants to support a film that we hope attracts new grange members, as well as generate creative exploration of ways the grange can remain a vital institution in rural Vermont,” said Charlotte Barrett, community preservation manager for Historic New England.

For more information, visit www.historicnewengland.org or call 802-989-4723.

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