It sits just up the hill from Thetford Academy, Vermont’s oldest secondary school. The original constitution of the independent country of Vermont (1777) called for ”one grammar [i.e,. post-elementary] school in each county”. Like many independent high schools in Vermont, Thetford Academy does double duty as the public high school for the town. The town also boasts an arthouse cinema and is thick with authors past and present, including Anne Lindbergh, Annie Proulx, and Grace Paley. I almost accompanied Grace’s granddaughter on our Thetford concert, but she had a conflict.
Thetford Hill Church
Robin Osborne (dressed to match the map) filled in Thetford
Scarlatti Sonata in D major, K.23
(preceded by 23 ii-V-I’s)
Linda plays “Song of the Birds”
In 1910, young girls in Thetford, Vermont watched their brothers, friends, and schoolmates—all Boy Scouts—practice their parts in the community's 150th anniversary, which would be celebrated the following summer. The pageant's organizer, William Chauncey Langdon, promised the girls that they too would have an organized role in the pageant, although no organization similar to the Boy Scouts existed for girls at the time. Langdon consulted with Charlotte Joy Farnsworth, known as “Madama” [of Camp Hanoum]. Both approached Luther Halsey Gulick M.D. about creating a national organization for girls... After many discussions and help from Gulick and his wife Charlotte, Langdon named the group of Thetford girls the Camp Fire Girls.
This was not the Luther Halsey Gulick who taught at Springfield College and assigned his class to devise an indoor game for city kids to play, resulting in the invention of basketball—that was his nephew. Growing up in Lexington Massachusetts, my backyard neighbor was Bob Gulick, whose grandfather was Luther’s (I think the Camp Fire one’s) cousin.
The plaque above the keyboard informs us it was donated by Jane Raymond Rogers. Unfortunately no one I spoke to at the church could tell me more about Jane or her gift, not even after consulting the church’s music records.
I have asked Tom for more information and will post what I find out.