Kurn Hat­tin Homes, A Le­gacy of Car­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Mont­pe­lier, VT

There will be a new ex­hibit at the Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum in Mont­pe­lier on April 11, 2015 en­ti­tled A Le­gacy of Car­ing: Kurn Hat­tin Homes for Chil­dren. At the open­ing re­cep­tion at 1:00 pm, Con­nie San­der­son, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Kurn Hat­tin Homes for Chil­dren, will be in­tro­duc­ing an his­tor­i­cal ex­hibit telling the story of Kurn Hat­tin’s found­ing and devel­op­ment. Vis­i­tors will be able to see the story of Kurn Hat­tin Homes for Chil­dren and learn about the sig­nif­i­cant trends in the fields of child­care, ed­u­ca­tion, and so­cial ser­vices since the turn of the 19th cen­tury.

Since 1894, Kurn Hat­tin has helped thou­sands of dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and their fam­i­lies by of­fer­ing a safe home and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in a nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The ex­hibit was de­vel­oped by Kurn Hat­tin in as­so­ci­a­tion with Rapt Cre­ative, us­ing the newly re-or­ga­nized ar­chives at Kurn Hat­tin, and will be on loan to the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety for un­til Oc­to­ber.

Rev­erend Charles Al­bert Dickinson, a na­tive of West­min­ster, VT, cre­ated Kurn Hat­tin Homes in West­min­ster as a se­cure place to live, go to school, and grow up to be­come happy, pro­duc­tive adults. Rev­erend Dickinson be­lieved that young chil­dren in need could be cared for in a nur­tur­ing ru­ral set­ting rather than the ur­ban child­care in­sti­tu­tion which ex­isted in the 1800s.

Ex­hibit will be in­cluded with the ad­mis­sion fee to the Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum. Open un­til Oc­to­ber 2015.

Visit www.ver­mon­this­tory.org/cal­en­dar for more in­for­ma­tion, or call Amanda Gustin at (802) 8282180.

Photo cour­tesy

A video will be shown at the open­ing of the Le­gacy of Car­ing ex­hibit de­pict­ing scenes from the Kurn Hat­tin Homes for Chil­dren.

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