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          BASEBALL: - The Rutland Royals were members of the Northern League 

        from 1938-1941. During World War II the league suspended activity.  These

        scrapbooks have clippings of each game each year, and some photos as

        well.

CHURCH RECORDS:   The dominant religion in the early town of Rutland was Congregational. The first congregation was initiated in 1773 in the central portion of the town. By 1784 a group in the eastern part of the town split from the original congregation. In 1787 the town was divided into an east parish and a west parish.  The Church Records page includes the records, minutes and private pages of both parishes.

CIVIL WAR RESOURCES: -

This comprises a roster of men from Rutland who were eligible to be drafted into service during the Civil War from 1862-63. Included is a list of Civil War Veterans who are entombed in Rutland Cemeteries.   Also contained is a letter by Colonel William T. Nichols to The Rutland Herald describing the Vermont troops during the Battle of Great Bethel.

DIARIES AND LETTERS:

DIGITAL BOOKSHELF:

HISTORICAL EVENTS:  (Within and Outside of Rutland)

HISTORY OF THE VERMONT STATE FAIR (Rutland Fairgrounds) - This is the commemorative issue of the 150th anniversary of the Vermont State Fair.  Eloquently written by Mr. Peter Cooper, he traces the storied history of the Rutland Fair from its early beginning in 1846 to 1995.

JULIA C. R. DORR 1825-1913 (LITERARY WORKS)

MAPS OF RUTLAND - Contains a Rutland County map dated 1881. Accompanied the Child's Gazetteer and Directory.  More maps to be included on this page.

NICKWACKETT FIRE STATION - These  are the original records of the Nickwackett Engine Company, which was housed in the same building that the historical society now occupies.  It includes log books 1860 - 1895, Fires and Alarms 1876 - 1879, and Members and Dues.  The records were donated by the Austin family, whose ancestors were members and officers of the Nickwackett Engine Company during this period.

NINETEENTH CENTURY RUTLAND PHOTOGRAPHERS: -

Provides a list of itinerant and resident Photographer s from the 19th century.   Many of them lived and worked in Rutland.

PLAY HOUSE THEATRE(now the Paramount Theatre) PLAYBILLS - Play House Theatre (now the Paramount Theatre) playbills. The following pages are from three playbill scrapbooks that are in the Society scrapbook collection. The playbills comprise the years 1915 - 1929.

QUADRENNIAL APPRAISAL OF THE REAL ESTATE OF THE CITY OF RUTLAND  (Includes Town of Rutland 1891-1894) -

Home and property values as assessed by the Lister’s of the City of Rutland.  This includes all Rutland City Businesses during that time period.   Appraisals began in 1891-94 and were then conducted every 4 years.

RUTLAND DIRECTORIES: -

This is a complete collection of the Directories of the City of Rutland published from 1872 to 1986.  These Directories are most useful when looking up information on various individuals or businesses.

RUTLAND BICENTENNIAL PERSPECTIVES -  James S. Davidson, a local history teacher, was appointed to the Vermont Bicentennial Commission as a representative of the Vermont Historical Society, of which he was a member. From May 1975 to December 1977 he researched and wrote 139 weekly articles on 200 years of Rutland history which were published in the Rutland Herald. These Rutland Bicentennial Perspectives have now been placed here on the Rutland Historical Society website in a searchable format.

RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS - This contains a collection of Rutland High School publications prior to the current “Talisman” Yearbook. Featured publications include Rutland High School Notes (1889-1893); Rutland High School  Register (Jan.-Jun. 1895); The Oread  1912-1915 and Red and White (1922-1929).

RUTLAND HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA

RUTLAND NEWSPAPERS:  (Includes scanned extracts from the Rutland Herald and its predecessors from 1792-1835)

RUTLAND REFERENCES IN ACTS & RESOLVES STATE OF VT - The Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont contain information on corporations and organizations formed by a special act of the legislature.  Those that relate to Rutland or Rutland County were extracted and compiled into this document. Also included are a few items of general interest, such as slavery and slave trade, Indian tribes, environmental acts, paintings in the State House, maple syrup, social issues, Liberia, land given to New York, and Gettysburg monuments.  Yellow highlighting starting on page two indicates an entry in the document.  This is a great place to research early business.  It is searchable and covers 1849-1915 with a few missing years.

RUTLAND TIDBITS:   - From June 10, 1999 to December 15, 2010, Helen K. Davidson wrote "Tidbits from Then and Now" for the Rutland Historical Society. The individual articles were published in Sam's Good News, a weekly free Rutland area newspaper. Below are the complete articles from Tidbits #1 - #600. The Society believes that these will be interesting and enjoyable.

SCRAPBOOKS OF EVENTS AND PEOPLE - Contains Ray Mooney's scrapbook of major fires in Rutland from 1919-1968. Included is the scrapbook of Rutland Aviator Remington George Schmitt. 

SMOKE AND BLAZES - Newsletter of the Killington Section, Green Mountain Club.  Coverage starts from their first newsletter in 1947 to the present.

TOWN REPORTS:   Coverage includes Rutland Town Selectmen's Reports (1857-1894); Village of Rutland Reports (1868-1893); City of Rutland Reports   (1893-2016);  Town of Proctor Reports   (1888-2006); Village of Proctor Reports   (1888-1965);  Town of West Rutland Reports (1888-2016) .

VITAL RECORDS:  (Births, Deaths, Obituaries, Marriages)

VOTER LISTS:

WORLD WAR II CLIPPINGS FROM THE RUTLAND HERALD

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