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The Society is pleased to announce that all of our Historical Moving Images have been reformatted for easier viewing. To view the programs, Click on the maroon episode number.  Start the show by clicking the arrow on the screen. Enjoy viewing and listening to these entertaining and educational shows. 

Historically Speaking Episodes    

Raymond Mooney’s Memories: Rutland and Pop Culture

This is a three part series produced by Society members Ben Burdge and co-produced/narrated by Raymond Mooney on behalf of the Rutland Historical Society. Part one includes pictures, music, and commentary on early radio and television, games played in the backyards, bicycles, comic books, autos, and movies and theaters. [25 min. length]

Part two continues with movies and theaters, fires, the Midway Diner, parades, and the Rutland Fair.  [25 min. length]

Part three includes malls, snack and meal stops, record hops, five and ten cent stores, President Eisenhower's visit to Rutland, President Kennedy's Assassination, the Rutland Swimming Pool on North Main Street, and Cinderella's Sweets candy shop at the corner of Center and Wales Streets. [34 min. length]

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Ancient Vermont: Portrait of an Academic Controversy

Strange buildings, shaped stones and seeming inscriptions dot the Vermont landscape. Are they just root cellars and plow marks or remnants of pre-Columbian European visitors to New England?

Black Sam’s Statue

Using newly uncovered historical documents, this documentary short pieces together the most complete and accurate account of the life of Viro Small ever told. Nicknamed "Black Sam of Vermont" for his ties to the Green Mountain State, Small was a pro wrestling pioneer who reached the height of his notoriety in 1880's New York City. A Film By Elliott Marquis.

"History Detectives" (PBS Show) filmed at the Rutland Historical Society

The episode is titled "Top Secret Drone, Roosevelt's War Club & Clara Barton Letter". 

More information about their visit is available in our Newsletter Vol 18 No 1 March 2011

Life In Rutland County


Moments In History

Notes From The Past

"Our Rutland 1941"

This is a documentary version of the original silent film called "Our Rutland" produced by the Rutland Lions Club in April, 1941, to be sent to Rutland members of the Vermont National Guard stationed at Camp Blanding, Florida, who left Rutland the month before. This version has added mostly music from that era and has fantastic narration and additional historical tidbits by Raymond Mooney and improved footage quality courtesy of Ben Burdge's amazing remastering skills. Also added by Ben are many "now" photos of places seen in 1941. This mostly color film with some black and white segments has many shots of a busy Center Street, Merchants Row, West Street, Mansfield Place, the fire station with apparatus roaring in and out, the RHS and MSJ bands marching to music, movie theaters, churches and much more. The use of this amazing footage would not have been possible without the assistance of the Rutland Historical Society, the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Lions District 45.  This is another labor of love for the Rutland we all knew and grew up in by RHS Members Ben and Ray. We hope you will all enjoy our efforts.

Our Rutland

Produced by the Lions Club of Rutland, Vermont to be sent to men at Camp Blanding, Florida during World War II. Features scenes of Rutland industries, friends of soldiers, town buildings, marching band, and the baseball team. There are also scenes of local churches, stores, the Esso gas station, the movie theater, hotels, and automobiles. There is a shot of the State House in Montpelier featured at the end of the film.

* Permission to link granted by the Vermont Historical Society

Rutland Loyalty Day Parade- 2010

This video features the Rutland Loyalty Day Parade held in 2010. Hosted by Rutland VFW Post 648, this parade features local veterans, bands and floats.

Rutland Halloween Parade: Hijinks & History

Dedicated in memory of Tom Fagan. Narrated and produced by B. Burdge on behalf of the Rutland Historical Society.

The Virtual Walking Tour

West Rutland High School Class Picnic (1939)

This is a 8mm movie of a senior class picnic on Lake St. Catherine in the late 1930's.  Among the faculty in the video are:  Bernice Hinchey, Norbert Sevigny and Joseph Zawistowski.








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