“A good time was had by all!”



The tapping of telegraph keys and the click clack of a model Pullman train circling the Welcome Center, the bleating of the goats and the laughter of children, carols played on the organ in the house dressed in its holiday finery; they are the sounds of fun and wonder and yes, learning.

We continue the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and it’s evident by our permanent collection of artifacts on display in an insightful interpretation of our best loved president and one of his best known speeches: “The American Ideal: Abraham Lincoln and the Second Inaugural”.


Call for 2015 Hildene Award Nominations

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Robert and Mary's home is decorated throughout the month as they might have done when they stayed at Hildene through the holidays in the early 1900's.

December Weekends
Saturday, Dec. 6: 12:00pm to 2:00pm, local voice coach and performer Joanne Beck plays the Lincolns’ Steinway piano at the House. Sunday, Dec. 7: 11:30pm to 2:00pm, Michael Gallagher plays the Aeolian organ at the House. Michael is the organist and music director for Christ Our Savior Parish in Manchester, VT. 12:00pm to 12:45pm, Ramsay Eyre plays his cello in the Welcome Center’s Museum Store. He has been active in music since the age of 5, playing cello, piano & guitar as well as writing original compositions. Now 15, he currently studies cello with Nathaniel Parke in Bennington and attends Burr & Burton Academy. Saturday, Dec. 13: 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Daniel Frank is an organ major at the College of Saint Rose. He is also the organist and music director at St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington, VT. Sunday, Dec. 14: 11:00am to 1:00pm, Rakaia Montane plays the Lincolns’ Steinway piano at the House. Rakaia is a self-taught classical pianist who also loves art, history, science and classic literature. She enjoys playing compositions by Chopin, Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. Saturday, Dec. 20: 10:30pm to 1:30pm, Dr. Joseph Eppink will play the Lincolns’ Aeolian organ and Steinway piano. Dr. Eppink is coordinator of music education and associate professor of music at The College of Saint Rose, conductor of the college’s Women’s Chorale, as well as organist/choirmaster at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Albany, NY. Sunday, Dec. 21: 11:00am to 1pm, Rakaia Montane plays the Lincolns’ Steinway piano at the House. Saturday, Dec. 27: 11:00am to 1:00pm, Ken Olsson, Music Director and Organist, Grafton Church, VT will play both the piano and the organ. Sunday, Dec. 28: 11:30am to 2:00pm, Michael Gallagher plays the Aeolian organ.






December 9, 2014 Nominations Invited for 2015 Hildene Award

August 10, 2014 Hildene Debuts Thought-Provoking New Series

May 30, 2014 Hildene Award Recipients Announced

May 2014 Hildene Announces Statewide Lincoln Essay Competition Winners

March 25, 2014 Pollinators and People Need Each Other!

March 11, 2014 Registration Opens for 2014 Hildene Summer Camps

January 31, 2014 Hildene Announces Election of New Trustees

October 29, 2013 Hildene Speaker: Lessons from Lincoln for Today's Body Politic

May 23, 2013 Winners of 2013 Statewide Lincoln Essay Competition Honored at Hildene Luncheon

April 4, 2013 Hildene Announces Statewide Lincoln Essay Competion Winners

July 4, 2012 Conservationist Darby Bradley is Hildene Award Recipient

April 15, 2012 Hildene Announces Statewide Lincoln Essay Competition Winners

April 20, 2012 Grant has Positive Impact on Hildene Natural Resources

March 30, 2012 Arbor Day at Hildene

March 30, 2012 Lincoln Author Presents New Book: Giant in the Shadows

November 14, 2011 Christmas 1912 Lincoln Style at Hildene

November 14, 2011 Giving Thanks for Volunteers & Veggies

March 24, 2011 Winter History Series, Springfield Home Historic Site

February 21, 2011 Hildene Participates in Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration at New York State useum, Albany

January 25, 2011 An Unexpected Gift for Hildene

January 24, 2011 Sunbeam to Make Celebratory Arrival at Hildene June 4, 2011

January 24, 2011 Hildene's 9th Winter History Series: Places A. Lincoln Called Home

January 4, 2011 Lincoln's Birthday is Deadline for Essay Competition Submissions

January 3, 2011 Restored Pullman Arrives at Hildene June 4

December 21, 2010 Ninth Hildene Winter History Series; A. Lincoln Called Home

December 13, 2010 Hildene Guest Experience

December 30, 2009 Winter History Series Begins with Lincoln's Family

December 30, 2009 Hildene Book Club

December 30, 2009 Say Cheese!

December 21, 2009 - Hildene Announces Statewide Lincon Essay Competition Winners

Children Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday at Hildene

Lincoln Essay Contest Winners Feted At Equinox Luncheon

Hildene Author Event Features Renowned Lincoln Scholar Ronald C. White

Hildene Executive Director to Present First Lecture of Winter History Series

Hildene Announces Statewide Writing Competition Winners

All is Ready for Hildene Holiday Evenings 2008!

2009 Winter History Series to Focus on Lincoln

X-Country Skiing at Hildene Gets a Boost from Recent Snowfall

Thanksgiving Kicks Off Holiday Season at Hildene

Hildene Receives Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund Grant

Hoyt and Ehrich Join Hildene Trustees




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