CATHERINE BERGMANN, President
Cathy is a native of Bellows Falls. Her love of local history led her to participate in many civic activities. She has held several public offices from Village President to Trustee to School Board Director. When teaching she co-wrote a unit with Dennis Ladd on the history, architecture, people, places and events of the Village. From writing that unit a group was formed called Our Town Civic Organization. Among other things, this group 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 she would be able to help preserve and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARGERY LADD, Secretary - DENNIS LADD
Marge and former Society President, Dennis Ladd, have lived in the community for many years. Marge participated in several recreations during Victorian Days, also Art on the Porches, Hidden Gardens of Bellows Falls,Front Porch Theater Group and Horse Drawn Caroling . 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. They remain docents at the Archive, Education Center and Museum at 31 Westminster St.
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 well on its way to being cataloged, protected, and accessible to the public at the Society’s new Archive, Education Center and Museum at 31 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls. Marguerite is a rock upon which the Historical Society is built… she has begun to show us all how to catalog, preserve, store and display many pieces of the collection. Marguerite has been very patient with all of us and the work goes on with her in the lead.
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. Bonnie is also handling our membership data base and has done several graphic designs for our membership cards, letterheads, and just recently designed and worked with the Town to have signs placed directing people to the Riverfront Park, Hawks Eye View Overlook, Adams Grist Mill, and Labyrinth. The Society is very fortunate to have Bonnie’s many skills available to them.
MARY NARKIEWICZ, Media Specialist
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 ambiance, and lore is of great importance to her. Bellows Falls, then and now, is endlessly fascinating. Mary is the Media Lady of the Society and runs our Facebook. She is our voice to the outside world and stays very busy answering questions, doing little pieces and sometimes BIG pieces of research, putting out an ever changing assortment of historical pictures and text, and the public loves her. At the Center she continues to work on the data base among other things.
CARL WATSON, Clerk of Works (upkeep of existing buildings and grounds)
Carl was born and raised in Rockingham, Vermont and attended schools in Bellows Falls. He worked in shipping and construction where he gained much of his knowledge about the many and varied skills he has brought to the Society. From engineering, to electrical and carpentry to caring restoration Carl continues to surprise us with what he knows and what he can do!. Carl has also brought to us a strong work ethic, and Yankee ingenuity that is proving to be invaluable.
LARRY CLARK, Historian
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.
Frank is a local artist. He painted our front office sign and has helped us many times with a move or when we needed an extra arm. Frank has restored a couple horse drawn vehicles. He is very interested in local history and the Historical Society