Brattleboro —The Brattleboro Historical Society will celebrate the many ages and stages of downtown with a special slideshow at its annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at its History Center on 196 Main St.

Four years ago, newspapers statewide reported a seemingly insurmountable fire at the Brooks House. This fall, Vermont Life magazine is trumpeting the building's resurrection with a "Miracle on Main Street" cover story. The Historical Society program will illustrate how that Main Street change is just one of many over the past years, decades and centuries.

Since its founding in 1982, the Historical Society has worked to shelter and share locally significant facts and artifacts so present and future generations can learn from the past.

The all-volunteer group maintains a History Center at downtown's Masonic building (open Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.), a Municipal Center research/resource room (open Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon) and the Jeremiah Beal House in West Brattleboro.

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