IPHS Treasurer Marilyn Maxwell honored by the Local League of Historical Societies & Museums and Vermont Historical Society.

In a surprise ceremony for IPHS Treasurer Mrs. Marilyn Maxwell, Steve Perkins, Executive Director of the Vermont Historical Society, and his colleague Eileen Corcoran presented Marilyn with the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her decades of outstanding loyalty and devotion to the preservation of history in Vermont.

The ceremony took place on September 29th inside the IPHS Museum. Marilyn and her husband Douglas were accompanied by their daughters Sheila and Susan, and by the Island Pond Historical Society Vice President Craig A. Goulet, and IPHS President Sharon Biron. Due to covid-19 restrictions, the event was limited to a small family gathering only.

Marilyn is the most deserving recipient of this amazing award, she has worked hard for the IPHS, made all of the society's events a success, and is the director of our Guardian Angels dept. She is the IPHS treasurer, and a very busy lady, but has always made time to participate in IPHS exhibitions including the live history events. Nominating Marilyn was an easy decision earlier this year when historical societies in Vermont were invited by the Vermont Historical Society to nominate a special volunteer for the recognition award.


Many names are put forward but few are those who win this prestigious certificate. The selection process is strict, competition is fierce, and besides making a nomination three references must also be supplied for each candidate. The IPHS president and vice president lost no time in nominating Marilyn. They wrote "........There is no one who outshines Marilyn in terms of effort, dedication, or loyalty. And no one who comes close to her willingness to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in. We are so lucky to have Marilyn. She is a 'quiet' star and we couldn't be without her!......"


Four weeks ago, the president and vice president learned Marilyn had won! But keeping the secret from Marilyn until the big day was difficult. VHS Executive Director Steve Perkins drove from Montpelier especially to present Marilyn with her certificate. With Steve was Eileen Corcoran, the VHS manager of Community Outreach. We know you will agree that Marilyn has brought great honor to this historical society. By winning this award in recognition of her hard work and her decades of dedicated service Marilyn has done this society and its 508 members proud!


IPHS volunteers have twice won this highly prestigious award now. A record unmatched by any other historical society. The first award went to the late Lt. Col Mark C., Biron in 2019. His Lifetime Achievement certificate was the first ever to be posthumously awarded by the VHS. Marilyn, Congratulations on your well earned and wonderful award!

Monument for Charles F. Maw - Recognizing his contribution to Island Pond - unveiled on Brighton Town Green

On Monday September 28th the Charles F. Maw plaque was unveiled by Muriel Maw O'Gorman, last surviving daughter of Charles F Maw and his wife Ada. During his lifetime, Mr. Maw had been Foreman at the Roundhouse, a lay minister, president of the Island Pond Board of Commerce, and for thirty seven years had served as a selectman.  He was a keen gardener, director of the local Civil Defense League, and was first to see the potential in creating the road around the lake that is known today as Lakeshore Drive.


Muriel was assisted by her son, James H. O'Gorman, grandson of Charles F. Maw. Laid in place by Bianchi Memorials of Derby, and bearing a magnificent bronze plate from the International Bronze company of Florida, the monument was designed and donated by James and describes Charles' life in Canada and in the U.S since leaving his home town of Nettleham in Lincolnshire, England, and the work he had been involved with in Island Pond where he passed away in 1970 following a stroke. His widow, Ada, died two years later. 

"This is a wonderful testament to my dad's work" said Muriel as she unveiled the monument. "It's long over due, dad was a firm believer in helping his community, he loved Island Pond and had many friends here. My son James has done well, this is a great monument. I hope visitors to Island Pond will be inspired by it. Dad was a Lincolnshire lad who believed in civic duty."

The Charles F. Maw memorial monument is located on the town green, between the war memorial and flag pole which dates back to 1907. Muriel is seen here with her son James and IPHS member Judy Valente who took photographs of the crane that lifted the monument into place.

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