New Deal/WPA Art in Rutland,
These Post Office murals
were funded by the Treasury Relief Art Program (TRAP) and not the WPA.
Rutland, VT Post Office
"Early History of Vermont" - oil on canvas
by Stephen J. Belaski (1937)
(Notes below are from a plaque in the Post Office)
A painting representing the assembly of Mountain Fighters
A scene from Benedict Arnold's engagement in the first
naval battle of the Revolutionary War off Valcour Island, now Gange Isle,
and North Heron on Lake Champlain on October 11, 1776. Arnold is shown
aboard his flagship"Royal Savage" at the height of the battle
which the American crew has beaten by the British Warship, "Cableton."
Only by slipping silently away under cover of a heavy October fog was Arnold
able to save his fleet.
The freeing of the first slave in Vermont by Capt. Ebenezer
Allen of Bennington on November 28, 1777 is portrayed on the large panel.
Dina Mattis and small child were aboard a British baggage train captured
by Allen after the rout of General Burgoyne. Upon Allen's return to Bennington
he issued an official certificate of emancipation and gave the slaves their
freedom, this being prior to the adoption of the Vermont Constitution forbidding
Images courtesy of
Photographs taken by
Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal
by Marlene Park & Gerald E. Markowitz
Thanks to Jimmy Emerson who
contributed the photographs!
Look for photographs of Post
Office exteriors at the Post Mark Collectors Club (PMCC) Post Office photo
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