Living History

This weekend, the Vermont History Expo is being held down the road from us at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. While working for the Valley News yesterday, I met organist Miriam Herwig at the log cabin on Antique Hill. Herwig was playing songs Civil War-era on a pump organ in the hall as the expo marked the period. Wearing her grandmother’s 1887 wedding bonnet, Herwig definitely looked the part.

Miriam Herwig, 89, of Randolph Center, Vt., turns the page while playing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in Antique Hill’s log cabin at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, Vt. Reenactors, authors and historical societies from towns across the state were part of the Vermont History Expo this weekend. An organist in her community church, Herwig said she enjoys playing the Civil War-era songs on the 1880 parlor organ because her grandmother sang some of the same to her when she was a child.

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