We would like to take this opportunity to share a few events, both online and in person, that are right around the corner. We hope you will be able to join us.
For those seeking information about our discussion group, in-person outdoor meetings will resume in July, so watch for updates if you have considered attending.
We have received inquiries about our August 16th commemoration. To answer the question that is on everyone's mind, a ceremony will indeed take place! The Friends of the Bennington Battlefield plan to craft a program in July that will incorporate New York's COVID guidelines.
Some people would rather be infamous than famous- and 19th century American women were no different! Scandal and gossip can be so delicious, and these ladies tasted their fair share of both. Phyllis Chapman, as Victoria Woodhull, who was infamous herself, appears in costume to delight not only with her own escapades, but also those of un-ladylike ladies such as Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, Lizzie Borden, Lydia Pinkham, Carry A. Nation and others. They were women who found innovative (and sometimes inappropriate!) means of making their way in the world, and their presence known. Tasty tidbits include the answers to questions such as “Who was the inspiration for the all-American Gibson Girl? Did the Fox sisters really communicate with the dead, or were they clever tricksters? Why was Calamity Jane a calamity? In the days when lady's name only appeared in the newspapers three times in her life, these gals were frequently headliners. If you like gun-swinging, bone-crackling, axe-whacking, free-loving women, this is a must see for you!
Fourth of July Cannon Salute
Saturday, July 4, 11:00 AM · Online Event Join the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment for a spirited celebration of our nation's independence. Rather than gathering at the site, spectators will be able to view this event via live-stream on Facebook. Headphone users beware!
Socially Distanced Walking Tour
Sunday, July 12, 1:00 PM · Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site · Group will form under the flagpole Join us for a socially distanced walking tour of the battlefield. Participants will be required to wear face masks. (Not provided.) Those who are interested must RSVP at the link above. This tour will be conducted entirely outdoors. It will cover the most important locations relevant to the first engagement of the battle through a mix of driving and walking.