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Rutland Historical Society Inc.
96 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701-4023
Tel: (802) 775-2006

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Hours: Mon- 6-9 p.m. and Sat. 1-4 p.m.

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You can contact us at the Rutland Historical Society in a variety of ways. You can send mail to us using the U.S. Postal system at the address above or you can E-mail us at

You can visit us in person at the Nickwackett Fire House at 96 Center Street. We are open Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. If you wish to call us on the telephone please note our hours above. You can also leave a message, and we will return your call as quickly as we can.

We do want to hear from you. We will try to answer your questions but it may take a little time for a response as we are an all-volunteer organization.

Our Historical Highlights

* Founded on 6 August 1969 and incorporated on 19 August 1969.

* Rutland Historical Society Newsletter/Quarterly was founded in October 1970.

* In 1971 the City of Rutland purchased the small brick church of the Seventh Day Adventists at 101 Center Street for the use of the Society. The building had been built in 1825 as the home of the Bank of Rutland, Rutland’s first bank.

* In 1978 the Society produced Rutland in Retrospect, its first book.

* In 1990 the Society published Early Families of Rutland, Vermont, a genealogical volume.

* In 1991 the Society published the History of Rutland, Vermont 1761-1861, a topical history of Rutland’s first 100 years.

* On 18 July 1993 the Society officially opened its new home at 96 Center Street in the old Nickwackett Fire Station that was built in 1860.

* In June 1994 the Society began publishing a new quarterly newsletter, News From Nickwackett.

* On 10 June 1999 Helen Davidson began a weekly newspaper series called “Tidbits From Then And Now” in a local weekly newspaper.

* In June of 1999 the Society began its “Historically Speaking” television series on the Rutland Public Access Channel 15 in Rutland. The Society produces a new show monthly.

* Website opened February 2005.

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Jake Sherman

Vice- President


Audrey Allaire


Helen Davidson & Mike Messier



Alvin Figiel

Barbara Giffin

Richard Guyette

Ron Hemenway

Doreen McCullough

Dr. Andrew Zak



Chairperson of the Board

Barbara Giffin



Jim Davidson


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