Time for another party! April 30, 2012Posted by Galaxy in Local Happenings, Store Events.
Tags: arteater, Hardwick, mural, party, tara goreau
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We strongly believe in having parties–period. We had a party to celebrate the announcement of our move, a party to move the store, and a party to celebrate our re-opening. This month, we have another reason to celebrate: the gorgeous mural that Tara Goreau designed and painted for us has been installed! Over the past few months, we’ve heard numerous creative suggestions for decorating our walls, and each time we were mentally rubbing our hands together with glee, thinking, “Oh, just you wait and see!” Well, the waiting is over, and the artwork is even more amazing than we could have imagined. A whimsical view of Hardwick overhung with a sky of sparkling constellations, full of so many imaginative details that it can take multiple viewings to notice them all; this painting is, itself, a celebration of books and reading and community.
Join us this Saturday, May 5th, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to to toast Tara and her work!
A little bit of history July 3, 2009Posted by Galaxy in Musings.
Tags: Hardwick, history, modern burglar-proof equipment
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Special thanks to Lorraine Hussey at the Hardwick Historical Society for researching and sharing this information!
If bricks could talk, the building that has been the home of The Galaxy Bookshop for the past 12 years could tell you a lot of stories. Most people know that the building used to be a bank — even if you never had a savings account here, you’d probably be able to guess that after seeing the massive vault in the center of the store. Until recently, though, we didn’t know many of the details about the actual building. Lorraine Hussey of the Hardwick Historical Society did some research into the town records and Hardwick Gazette archives has shared her discoveries.
A few highlights:
- The building was erected in 1893.
- The original tenants were the post office and the Hardwick Savings Bank and Trust Company on the first floor. Josiah C. Spaulding’s photography business, Spaulding Studio, occupied the third floor for over fifty years.
- The Hardwick Savings Bank remodeled the building in 1920, and it was at this time that the large vault was installed. From a Gazette article of January 20, 1921:
New Quarters of The Hardwick Savings Bank and Trust Company are Commodius and Especially Fine in Every Detail
The bank has the most modern burglar-proof equipment in Vermont.
And from February 3, 1921:
In their completed state the rooms come up to all expectations in convenience and attractiveness. The rooms, furnishings, vault, mechanical equipment, change machines, etc. aid in making the institution a model of its kind and few towns the size of Hardwick can boast of its equal.
- Dr. Bernard Beaupre’s dentistry practice was housed in the building for some time during the 1940′s and ’50′s. (According to Ms. Hussey, “Any [Hardwick Academy] student during the late 40′s-50′s will vividly and with complete clarity remember their annual visits to Doc Beaupre! Avah Peck, area nurse, was stout enough to correct any misbehaviors!”)
If you have memories of visiting the Hardwick Trust Company, Dr. Beaupre, or any of the other tenants of the building, we’d love to hear your stories. If you’re not quite old enough to remember that far back, find someone who is, and ask them for their stories of Hardwick “back in the day.” You might be surprised by some of the things you learn about our town!