bennington history

The Battle of Bennington by Don Troiani

At Walloomsac, New York, American militia units overwhelm the British positions on August 16, 1777. Taking heavy loses and with now straining supply lines, the British forces were severely weakened in the region, and would take an even worse defeat later that year at Saratoga.

(National Guard)

Some of the remarks of Robert Devore Leigh, first president of Bennington, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the college August 16, 1931. 

“This means a flexible program, one where the teacher can make close contact both with the student and with the life about him. It means that our relevant plans of today will be irrelevant tomorrow. It means that educationally as well as in our physical plans we must plan for change as a normal process not as an occasional interruption of a presumably static condition. 

     Our newness carries with it many handicaps. But for a time it least it brings advantages in the comparative facility for analyzing educational need without a warping institutional tradition.

      If we can use to the full, even for a generation, this opportunity it seems to me that we shall have justified the efforts put forth in creating this institution.”

I love how much of this is still relevant today.