Description: You will discover who lived by the Vilas Bridge centuries ago when you join us at the Rockingham Library on August 10th at 7pm to hear Gail Golec and Annette Spaulding discuss the Cultural History of the Vilas Bridge. These two local experts will explore the significance of the Vilas Bridge and its location going back to the local indigenous communities living here before the bridge was built.
Gail Golec's talk will discuss the evolution of the island and how its landscape defined Bellows Falls. She will focus on the land surrounding the 'great falls' and how the area has been settled and changed over the centuries. Golec is a native of Walpole, an archaeologist and a history buff. She has written & directed several plays & podcasts and given many talks on local history.
Annette Spaulding will discuss her scuba diving finds (including millstones) in the Connecticut River industrial area. Spaulding has been diving the Connecticut River and other parts of New England for more than 30 years. She actively researches potential historical underwater sites and has rediscovered several important sites, such as the "Elephant Bridge" and underwater petroglyphs in Brattleboro. She also volunteers as a rescue diver. She will bring some of her Connecticut River finds to show.
This free event is part of a summer-long, fund-raising effort by the Friends of the Rockingham Library to acquire and donate to the Library a large painting of the Vilas Bridge by the late, nationally-known local artist Jerry Pfohl. The large 6’ X 6’ evocative painting is already on display in the library. Refreshments will be served.
Please visit the Friends of the Rockingham Library’s online fundraising page https://tinyurl.com/ybuqo5gf to make your donation. For more information on the Keep the Vilas Bridge Painting at the Library Project, please go to rockinghamlibrary.org/vilas. For more information on Jerry Pfohl, please go to jerrypfohl.com To join the Friends of the Rockingham Library, please visit http://rockinghamlibrary.org/foljoin

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Priority: 5-Medium
Access: Public
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:50pm GMT