Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been sharing them with the Banner. In this week's photo, Main Street is drenched in the Stars and Stripes for Pageant Week, surrounding Bennington Battle Day. In these says, Wager writes, the state of Vermont picked up the majority of the tab for Bennington Battle Day festivities and people came to Bennington from all over New England to celebrate. The three-story building on left burned in 1926 and when remodeled it was reduced to a two-story building, now known as the Cone Building. The buildings to the far right are now People's United Bank.
"Annual Picnic and Field Day," advertised on yellow banner, was held at Hunt's Upper Grove, land on Park Street Extension owned by the Soldiers Home. F.M.T.A.B. stood for Father Matthew Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society — i.e., no whiskey or beer here.
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