Historical Society Receives Grant to Tell Irene Story

Where the Road Ends: Route 100 S of Plymouth Union

Where the Road Ends: Route 100 south of Plymouth Union after Tropical Storm Irene

The Plymouth Vermont Historical Society has received a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to explore through visual media: How Catastrophe Reconnected a Town: The Story of Tropical Storm Irene in Plymouth, Vermont.

The Plymouth Vermont Historical Society recently received a $2500 grant from The Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will help further the Historical Society’s mission to document and preserve historical events related to Plymouth, and to instill a sense of pride within the town through its connection with history.

“The degree of devastation in Plymouth as a result of Tropical Storm Irene was unexpected and heart wrenching,” admitted Tonkin, Secretary/Treasurer of the organization. “If we can produce a video that demonstrates how the response to tragedy can overcome the barriers of topography and demographics and honor and celebrate resiliency and commitment to others, our town will be more vibrant, better connected, and hopefully more civically engaged.”

Tonkin continued, “involving Plymouth students, local enterprises, resources from neighboring towns, and community volunteers in the project should awaken a deeper ‘sense of place’ in the town we call home.”

Through its Small and Inspiring grants program, tTe Vermont Community Foundation hopes to help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects in every town in Vermont where a small grant can make a big difference.

For more information about the grant and the scope of the project, please contact Betsy (672-3179).

If you have photographs or video that you took during the flood, immediately after the flood, showing the recovery in process, or showing areas of town after recovery was completed that you are willing to share, please contact Betsy or Terry Bascom (672-5390), who is copying and archiving images and video for the project.

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