Local Tales

This is an ongoing project that I began in 2009 for a multimedia class, and continue to work on over time.

In this story, Russell Gilbert tells of the birth of the modern American ski industry at his family farm in Woodstock, Vermont. The first ski-lift in the U.S. was constructed in his backyard when he was ten years old. the site of the tow is pictured above.

Bill Baker told this big fish story at the Wallingford House. The trout grew large over in Gassetts.

To see a multimedia presentation of Russell relating his memories of The Great Depression, click here. It is the first section of a poignant story about his experiences in World War II.

Mary Vernon’s story is about her time at Rockland State Hospital. She arrived in 1941 to do her three months of psychiatric specialty training. At the time part of the hospital had been taken over by Camp Shanks, the largest embarkation camp for troops going overseas during World War II.


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