The past, colorized: Monument rising, circa 1888

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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. This week, in honor of the state decision to continue allowing the traditional use of a cannon during Bennington Battle Day celebrations, we get a glimpse of the Bennington Battle Monument under construction. In this case, Wager has shared with us the original monochrome image that he worked from. "The Monument was completed in 1889, but not dedicated until 1891, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Vermont," Wager said. "The guest of honor at the dedication was then President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes." The price of construction was "less than the cost of a G-Class Mercedes-Benz SUV, or $112,000," he said.

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