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Our Commemorative Bicentennial Video



"200 Years in the making.  The courageous and historic story of a town and people's growth towards distinction as a community of affluence and leadership.  This film documents the remarkable efforts of stewardship as a bicentennial marks the start of a new branch into the future."
 

Available for purchase May 12, 2007
 

The video is a 90 minute historical documentary produced on DVD and sold as a commemoration of Middlebury's 200th year of incorporation. It is a beautifully produced record of the town’s early days, woven together by interviews with longtime residents who share their memories and stories. The video will have significant archival value and copies will be sent to libraries and historical societies around the state.

The video is by Joseph Colombatto, of Video Heritage Productions, Southbury.

 


 

Having trouble viewing the trailer?
Please send an E-Mail to bicentennial@middlebury-ct.org
or call Terry McAuliffe at 758-1492 and describe the problem.


 

Audience

The video is a 200 year history of Middlebury colored by narrative from the citizens themselves. Dozens of people of many ages and backgrounds were interviewed in the video using techniques often described as "History From Below". Each person brought a distinct perspective of life in Middlebury as it had been experienced first hand along with family remembrances and stories.

Using themes that relate the Middlebury of today with the Middlebury of yesteryear, the video is intended to appeal to students, adults, and seniors. Familiar landmarks, such as the greenway, are shown changing through the years from a popular walking trail back to the trolley line of the 1900’s. The Ken Burns interview style illustrates the spoken remembrances of residents by using “pan and zoom” of historical photos and documents. Important family names, such as Bronson, Judd and Whittemore are traced back through the historical timeline using narration and historical reenactment.

Public Showings and Availability

A private premiere showing for sponsors was held on May 12, 2007 followed by free public showings at the Middlebury Public Library on Tuesday May 15 and Thursday May 17th at 2:00 and 6:00PM, and on Saturday May 19th at 10:00AM and 2:00PM.  A special showing for seniors was held at the Middlebury Firehouse on Monday May 14th at 12:30PM. 

The video is still available for sale on DVD for $25.00, tax included,
 


$25.00 plus $2.98 S&H
 

This is a great keepsake for your family.
Proceeds go to the Middlebury Historical Society.

 

Production Credits

Photos, film footage, documents and other artifacts have been made available courtesy of the Middlebury Historical Society, Middlebury Public Library, Westover School, Waterbury Republican-American, Prime Publishers, Quassy Amusement Park, Mattatuck Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, Hill-Stead Museum, Shore Line Trolley Museum, Brass Workers History Project, Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department, Library of Congress, Naugatuck Historical Society, Litchfield Historical Society, Woodbury Historical Society, Watertown Historical Society, as well as several private collections and publishing companies.
Aerial footage of Middlebury was filmed in a hot air balloon to enhance some of the story telling.

Legacy Sponsors

The video was sponsored by five multi-generation families in Middlebury.

1. The Fenn Family

2. The Goss Family

3. Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Sperry, Jr.

4. "In Memory of Donald Seymour Tuttle, Jr." by his wife and children

5. Robert Whittemore

 


The project team thanks Bill Perrotti
 for donating the use of a project room at his restaurant.


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