Historically Speaking Rutland TV Appearance

We would like to dedicate this television appearance to Birdie MacLennan, our Project Director and Principal Investigator, who passed away earlier this week. For this television episode, and as with all else she did, she dedicated a great deal of time, inspiration, and enthusiasm into making this program appearance be the success it is. As with the project itself, it would not have happened without her integral leadership and dedication to Vermont’s history and its historic newspapers. There is so much to be thankful for. We hope you enjoy the episode.


The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project traveled to Rutland, Vermont, a few weeks ago to be guest presenters on the Rutland Historical Society’s public access television show, Historically Speaking. Every month, the Rutland Historical Society produces a new program on their local public access television station, PEGTV, on various historical topics.

Director and Principal Investigator Birdie MacLennan, Project Librarian Erenst Anip, and Digital Support Specialist Karyn Norwood, met with the curator of the Rutland Historical Society and host of the show, Jim Davidson, to introduce the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, Chronicling America, and highlight some intriguing local history stories, as well as offer some helpful search tips.


Photo by Erenst Anip of the PEGTV main office space.

The half-hour episode can be viewed on tv now until the end of the month on PEGTV, Rutland’s Community Access television channel Public 15, on Wednesdays at 4 pm, Thursdays at 1:30 pm, and Fridays at 7:30 pm.

The video can also be viewed on demand online here: Historically Speaking Episode #132

As well, you can also view this episode, and the 131 past episodes, through the Rutland Historical Society’s webpage by visiting this page: Historically Speaking. Then, click on the highlighted link, “Rutland Community Access PEGTV’s On Demand.” Type in “Historically Speaking” in the search box, and the episode will be listed.

We hope you enjoy the show! It was a great deal of fun to film and prepare for. We are very thankful to Jim Davidson, who is also a member of our Advisory Committee, for the invitation to talk on his program. He is a wonderful host. A sincere thank you, as well, to the PEGTV staff who made this all possible! Innumerable thanks to Birdie MacLennan, for her powerpoint expertise (which we were all wowed by!) and leadership in the coordination of the episode’s content. We will miss you.

Finally, we encourage you to view past episodes of the show through the Rutland Historical Society’s webpage (where our episode will eventually be archived), as well as visit the historical society’s museum in downtown Rutland.


Photo by Erenst Anip of the television set-up.

More photos of the visit can be found on our Flickr account here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vtdnp/sets/72157641864279663/

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