Miriam Herwig knows her town's history. Like Randolph Center's First Congregational Church is just about as old as the state and this community could have been the capital of Vermont.
"Yes! We were one of the contenders," she said.
More on that later.
Miriam, or Mim as she likes to be called, plays a historical role in town. She occasionally puts on her Sunday best 1890s style. Mim is the church organist and town historian. She and her husband, Wes, chronicled the life and times of Vermont and its people.
"I was the editor, he did the layout," Mim explained.
Decades earlier and just kids, they both contributed articles and artwork in the Rural New Yorker magazine. They liked each other's work and soon started to correspond.
"I knew what meant most in his life through our letters," Mim said.
It was two years before they exchanged photos.
"Oh then he turned out to be so handsome," Mim recalled. "When I was in college, I thought I should get it insured... his picture."
He moved to Vermont and married Mim. They raised five girls.
"Oh I remember so much, so much happiness," Mim said.
It was a full-time love affair with each other and Vermont.
Reporter Joe Carroll: This is all the books you and your husband put together?
Mim Herwig: These 40, yes.
Mim was born 89 years ago in Williamstown, but Randolph Center is home. She says the founding fathers were so proud of their town, that they wanted it to be the capital. Burlington, Newbury and Randolph thought the same thing about their towns, too. In 1805, a state committee couldn't decide.
"So they finally said, let's pick a place equal distance from these three, which turned out to be Montpelier," Mim explained.
Joe Carroll: So this was going to be the regal road for the state capital?
Mim Herwig: Right.
"Oh, this one I got completed after Wes died," Mim said.
Her husband suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
"He said, one of the last things... I have a book to finish," Mim recalled.
He died in 2003, but Mim continued to write. Her new book is called "A Mim's-Eye View." It's a lifetime of essays. For example, she thinks the penny should be tossed away because it costs more to make than it's worth.
"Of what use is a penny? You can't buy penny candy anymore," she noted.
Mim is also a proponent of wind turbines. She's far from stuck in the past.
Joe Carroll: Everyday's a gift?
Mim Herwig: It is.
And for history buffs, Mim and Wes have also given us a present-- shining a light on the Green Mountains, past and present.
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