Grafton Historical Society to honor Florence Karpin


Florence Karpin. Photo provided
Florence Karpin. Photo provided

GRAFTON, Vt. – The Grafton Historical Society will honor noted local artist and author Florence Karpin on Nov. 20 with the dedication of the Florence Baker Karpin Memorial Library at its museum in Grafton, Vt.

The dedication service will take place at 4 p.m. at the museum, on Main St. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

Karpin was a long time resident of Grafton, where she moved with her husband and children in 1958. During these years she was a prolific artist and author. She both authored and illustrated children’s stories and books, short stories and poetry.  As an artist she painted both portrait and landscapes, which crossed all media from oils to pen and ink.

As a result of her dual talents she was accepted into the Southern Vermont branch of the National League of American Pen Women as both author and a visual artist, and she served at branch president for many years. Her original artwork and hand lettering still graces many Grafton locations, where she designed the community’s signs and logos.

As her eyesight diminished in her eighties her creative spirit did not. She managed to write and publish three well-received poetry collections.  These published works along with her other books and short stories will be part of the Karpin Memorial Library in the museum along with other authors’ books that where published during their residency in Grafton.

For further information about the event contact the Grafton Historical Society at 802 843 2584 or

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