“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”.


Save these dates!

JUNE 27 Where do Baby Birds Come From?
Join Randy Schmidt from The Vermont Bird Place at Hildene to find the answer to this question as he shows attendees the many different ways that birds build nests to raise their young ... a hole in a tree, on a rafter above a porch or in a nesting box, children may be surprised at the many different places birds can build nests and successfully raise their young. This is a hands-on trail walking program that will include looking for active nesting spots around Hildene and includes getting the chance to try building a nest!
8:00 to 10:00 am. Suggested for children 5 or older and accompanied by an adult, this program is limited to 15, $8 per child; $5 for children who are Hildene Family Members. Registration is required. Check in is at the Welcome Center. To register contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or email her here.

JULY 14 Eco Tour of the Dene
Hildene’s horticulturist, education director and Dene Farm manager team up to lead a program on the ecology of Hildene’s lower meadows and wetland.  Andrea Luchini will discuss the issue of invasive plants.  Diane Newton will then lead the group into the wetland for a hands-on activity to gain an understanding of the ecosystem and its ecological importance.  Brooke Decker will complete the tour with a visit to the adjacent bird sanctuary where she will talk not only about meadow ecology and efforts to encourage bobolinks and other pollinators, but also about small-scale sustainable agricultural practices. 

All parking must be at Hildene’s Welcome Center parking lot and Hildene will provide all transportation to and from the lower meadow. The bus will leave the parking lot promptly at 2:00pm. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and might want to bring a water bottle. The shuttle will return to the Welcome Center by 5pm. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. $10 for Hildene members, $15 for non-members (Rain date: Thursday, July 16, from 2:00 to 5:00pm)

For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org. 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Welcome Center.







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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

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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

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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

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

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

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