Clifford to discuss Vermont's 1927 flood

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Clifford to discuss Vermont's 1927 flood

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 6:08am -- intern

Nicholas R. Clifford, Professor Emeritus at Middlebury College, will discuss The Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927-1931, a seminal work on this tragedy, written by him and his late wife Deborah Clifford. It was following the 1927 flood that President Coolidge delivered the oft quoted speech Vermont Is the State I Love, which includes the phrase ‘I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers that have almost beggared themselves to serve others.’
The Troubled Roar was the Cliffords’ first collaborative work, and in 2008 was a co-winner of the prestigious Hathaway Award from the Vermont Historical Society. The book tells not only the story of the flood but also the formation and work of emergency relief committees, the efforts to rebuild in a harsh climate, and the ways in which the disaster fundamentally affected the state’s political and social development.
Clifford was a member of the Middlebury College history department from 1966 through 1993, served for roughly eight years as provost, and after his retirement became a trustee, and was co-chair of the college's Bicentennial celebration committee. His late wife Deborah Clifford specialized in nineteenth century America, writing biographies of Julia Ward Howe, abolitionist Lydia Maria Child, Abby Hemenway, the great 19th century Vermont historian. She was the first female president of the Vermont Historical Society and of the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, and in 1995 received the Governor's Award for Vermont History.
Dr. Clifford will review the widespread devastation in Vermont that resulted from the flood, the resources amassed by its ‘indomitable people’ that brought recovery to the State, the many 20th century improvements to transportation and other services, and the historic statewide tour by President and Mrs. Coolidge in 1928 that led to the ‘Vermont is the State I Love’ oration at the Bennington train station.
Dr. Clifford’s presentation is the third in the series held at the Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center, 3780 Route 100 A, Plymouth VT 05056, website www.calvin-coolidge.org, telephone (802) 672-3389. William Henkel, Head of Advance in the Reagan White House, will speak on July27 and Joseph Ellis, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, will discuss his recent book First Family: John and Abigail Adams on August 10, 2011.
About Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation:
The Mission of Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation is ‘to open the eyes of the world to Calvin Coolidge.’ Its National Advisory Board increases the public awareness and support for the Foundation’s initiatives ‘to become the gateway to all things Coolidge.’ Our not-for-profit Foundation was established in 1960 in part to redress the fact that there is no federally-funded presidential library for Calvin Coolidge, our 30th U.S. President. The Foundation offices are located in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, an historic hamlet on the U.S. Department of Interior’s registry of National Historic Landmarks, in which Calvin Coolidge’s was born and raised an is now buried. You can visit Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation’s Website at http://www.calvin-coolidge.org
Source: Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation