Words Project to receive award
BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Words Project recently won the 2021 Richard O. Hathaway Award, Vermont Historical Society’s prize for best history project of the year. Join them as they receive the award at noon on Thursday, December 2, at 118 Elliot. Capacity is limited so register at the eventbrite.com page if able to attend.
The Richard O. Hathaway Award is presented annually to an individual, group or organization recognized as making an outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history.
The Vermont Historical Society recognizes four years of work by hundreds of community members to create the Brattleboro Words Trail, with its accompanying website and app, a ceramic tile map art installation by Cynthia Parker-Houghton, and the book “Print Town: Brattleboro’s Legacy of Words,” a 247-page collection of stories covering almost 300 years of local history.
Many of the narratives in the book will ring familiar with local history buffs, but the publication is peppered with lesser-known tales that contribute to the breadth and diversity of the finished product.
Creatively conceived as an inclusive, townwide effort, the Brattleboro Words Project built new relationships around history by linking amateur historians of all ages with professionals who guided them to produce skillful products and content that is accurate and well-researched.