Category Archives: Special Collections

OCTOBER 4 will mark the 110th anniversary of Grace Goodhue’s marriage to Calvin Coolidge, future President of the United States. Held in the parlor of Grace’s parents’ house on Maple Street in Burlington–now Champlain College’s Goodhue Coolidge House–the wedding was a small affair, with only fifteen family members and close friends attending.

The Goodhue Coolidge house, c. 1899 Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA

The Goodhue Coolidge house, c. 1899
Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA

Mrs. Coolidge later recalled,

The wedding ceremony has seldom united two people of vastly different temperaments and tastes than on the fourth of October, 1905, when Mr. Coolidge and I made our marriage vows standing in the bay window in the parlor of my father’s home. The afternoon sun shone in through the lace curtains and the fragrant clematis which some of my friends had brought in and arranged so that it trailed over the windows.

Calvin and Grace Coolidge's Wedding Invitation, 1905, Champlain College Archives

Calvin and Grace Coolidge’s Wedding Invitation, Champlain College Archives

None of the wedding guests likely realized that eighteen years later, Calvin Coolidge would become president of the United States.

For more on the Coolidges and the history of the Goodhue Coolidge House, view the new exhibition in the Coolidge Reading Room in the Coolidge House at 312 Maple Street.

Burlington’s Maltex Company

IN 1900, BREAKFAST CEREAL WAS BIG BUSINESS. Quaker Oats, Wheatena, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, and Grape-nuts were all new inventions, capitalizing on American consumers’ desire for packaged breakfast foods that were easy to prepare. Looking for a new investment, Burlington businessman William J. Van Patten acquired the rights to a hot cereal recipe made from wheat and […]

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Welcome back, students!

Here at the Champlain College Library, and across campus, we are looking forward to our students’ return at the end of August. The College Archives contains many images documenting the annual ritual of move-in day, which has occurred on campus since our first dormitory, Jensen Hall, opened in 1965. Here are a couple of good […]

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Champlain College: Empowering Women Since 1878

NEW RESEARCH INTO THE EARLY HISTORY of Champlain College has revealed that the College has admitted women since its establishment in 1878. Champlain was founded as the Burlington Collegiate Institute and Commercial College, a private, for-profit school offering professional business training and college prep classes. An advertisement for the 1878-1879 school year boasts:  “This institution […]

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Getting Around Town (and other places): How the People of Burlington Travelled

A new Special Collections exhibit has been set up at Roger H. Perry Hall depicting three main ways of travel in, around, and through Burlington, Vermont. The most popular way to travel back in Burlington’s earlier days was by steamboat. It’s no surprise that mode of transportation was a huge hit because of Burlington’s location […]

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Wells, Richardson, & Company: Master Advertisers

WELLS, RICHARDSON & COMPANY ranks as one of Burlington’s most successful businesses ever. A new Special Collections exhibition in the historic conference rooms of Roger H. Perry Hall, on view through May 2015, profiles the company, its products, and its adept advertising methods.  Founded in 1872, the pharmaceutical firm produced medicines, infant formula, fabric dyes, and other household […]

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College Dorm Life in the 70s and 80s: Images from the Archives

BEFORE SMARTPHONES, iTunes and laptops, Champlain students had typewriters, record and cassette tape players, and shared pay phones. A new mini exhibit of images from the College Archives, on display this semester on the first floor of Miller Information Commons, highlights College dorm life in the 1970s and 1980s. Besides the technological differences, life on […]

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The American House fire in downtown Burlington, December 1906

On a bitter cold December morning in 1906, crowds gathered at the corner of Main and St. Paul Streets as a catastrophic fire swept through Burlington’s premier hotel, the American House. Local photographer B. Benton Barker rushed over from his studio and home on College Street to capture the scene. He soon published his images […]

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Victory Parade, 1918

Ninety-six years ago, on November 11, 1918, a victory parade was held in downtown Burlington to mark the end of World War I. This postcard from Champlain’s Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History commemorates the moment when crowds gathered to watch soldiers march up Church Street. The following year, November 11 would become a national holiday […]

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