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Vernon - posted Jan, 07 2014

VERNON- The Vernon Historical Society will hold its first meeting of 2014 on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m., at the Society’s location at 734 Hartford Tpke., (Route 30) Vernon. The snow date will be Sunday, Feb. 16. After a brief business meeting, Dennis D. Picard, museum director at the Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, Mass. will present, Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England. Before the development of iceboxes and electric refrigeration, canny New Englanders harvested ice from frozen ponds. The ice was packed in sawdust, stored and then shipped around the nation and all over the world. The now forgotten ice industry employed many New Englanders. Ice harvesting was even done in Vernon’s own Snipsic Lake. Picard, a museum professional in living history for more than 35 years, began his career at Old Sturbridge Village in 1978. He has researched and designed many public programs that are still offered by that institution today. His discussion about the vanished occupation of ice harvesting will include information about its economic impact and the tools and techniques for cutting, saving and shipping New England’s frozen treasure. There will be a brief business meeting before Picard’s presentation; refreshments will be served after. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Society at 860-875-4326 or email to or visit

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