CATHERINE BERGMANN, President
Cathy is a native of Bellows Falls. Her love of local history led her to participate in civic activities. Working with the Our Town Civic Organization, which restored the downtown clock tower, she saw that Bellows Falls was a special place with a fabulous history and potential, and felt that being part of the Historical Society could help share that history.
JENNIFER GURLEY, Vice President and Director of Fundraising
Jennifer is new to Bellows Falls but not to the study of history. Formerly an Associate Professor of 19th-century American literature and philosophy, Jennifer is also a successful fundraiser, grant writer, and project manager. She now owns and runs Rockingham Roasters in Bellows Falls, and is excited to serve on the board of this vibrant historical society in this truly unique former mill town. Jennifer can be contacted at email@example.com.
MARGERY LADD, Secretary
Marge and former Society President, Dennis Ladd, have lived in the community for many years. Marge participated in several recreations during Victorian Days and Art on the Porches. Dennis created a teaching unit called Place Value based on the history and architecture of the Village. It was a natural step to the Historical Society and the sharing of the collection with the public. Marge has remained active as a docent at the Adam’s Grist Mill. Their shared love of history shows in all of their community activities.
MARGUERITE JANISZYN, Archivist and Historian
In 2012, Marguerite attended a Society meeting to see photos of downtown fires. Though she didn't know much about conservation, she decided to put the collection in order. Today, the collection is fully catalogued, protected, and accessible to the public at the Society’s new Archive and Education Center at 31 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls.
CHRIS GLENNON, Curator
Curator of the Adams Grist Mill, Chris brings 50 years of historic preservation, antique restoration, and interrelated presentation of local history. He also works on the Society's Riverfront Park and is renovating the town's oldest church.
BONNIE NORTH, Treasurer
Bonnie has generously volunteered to serve as the Society’s new treasurer. Active in all things Bellows Falls, she currently serves on Rockingham Planning Committee and is President of Rockingham for Progress.
Mary was born in Bellows Falls, as were her parents. Because they worked in the mills, she was fortunate to experience that congenial, busy culture for many years. Preservation of our architecture, historic ambience, and lore is of great importance to her. Bellows Falls, then and now, is endlessly fascinating.
ALAIN MARTINEZ, New Board Member
Alain is co-owner of Wunderbar in Bellows Falls and new to the Society. He will be telling us more about his interests soon!
SPECIAL ASSISTANTS TO THE BOARD
Aaron was born in Bellows Falls and he's raised a family here. He is employed by NLR/ Vermont Railway in North Walpole. Aaron enjoys learning about his hometown's history and lends a hand to help preserve that history for future generations to appreciate.
Dennis remains active in the Society after having served for many years as its President.
Former board member and long-term volunteer, Larry has been critical in helping to preserve and digitize the Society’s archives.