Presidents’ Day open house at Calvin Coolidge State Historic site

New Coolidge reenact or, Tracy Messer, will speak on Feb. 19. from his speech on Feb. 22, 1926 about George Washington. Photo provided.

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – What inspiration did President Calvin Coolidge draw from George Washington? Join the Coolidge Foundation on Feb. 19 to hear President Coolidge share portions of his Feb. 22, 1926 speech to the National Education Association. Meet Coolidge, as portrayed by Tracy Messer, who will bring Coolidge’s words to life:

“He (Washington) wished to see his country not only materially prosperous and politically successful, but beyond that, and above it, he wished to see the intellectual, moral, and spiritual life of the people developed.”

Coolidge embraced technology in his day, being the first president to speak directly to the American people by radio. He would no doubt approve of Mr. Messer’s use of technology to bring images and ideas to life. President Coolidge’s talk will begin at 2 p.m., shortly after a preview of the upcoming season at Plymouth Notch by site administrator, William Jenney.

The President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center, located on 3780 Route 100A in Plymouth Notch, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 19. Enjoy the museum exhibit and explore hands-on activities for all ages in the Coolidge Classroom. Walk through the quiet village where Coolidge was born, grew up, returned to, and was sworn in as our nation’s 30th president. Stop in at the Plymouth Cheese Factory.


Former President Calvin Coolidge. Photo provided.

At 1 p.m., Education Director, Diane Kemble, will make a short presentation on this year’s Calvin Writing Prize topic, “What speech would you give as President to advance Civil Rights?” All are welcome but this is an especially good opportunity for students, teachers, and parents to get to know this topic and the excellent resources available. A $1,500 first prize and $500 second prize will be awarded! Vermont students, let your voice be heard! See

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation partners with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation to present these programs. See or contact

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