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Vermont Town Ponders Exhibit Honoring Soviet Dissident

Alexander Solzhenitsyn in Moscow, December 1998 ctsy   image provided to Wikimedia Commons by Russian International News Agency.jpg
Image provided to Wikimedia Commons by Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti)

Residents in the Vermont town that was once the home-in-exile of the former Soviet dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn  plan to decide on an exhibit honoring his 18 years in Cavendish.

On Town Meeting day Monday, voters will decide whether the town should assume ownership of an historic stone church that would be used to house an exhibit honoring the Nobel laureate who arrived in Cavendish in 1977 and stayed until 1994. He died in Russia in 2008.

The house Solzhenitsyn lived in is still occupied by his son Ignat and his family.

There is no monument to Solzhenitsyn's years in Vermont.

Margo Caulfield of the Cavendish Historical Society says visitors regularly ask about Solzhenitsyn. A group of Russian visitors last summer led her to suggest an exhibit.

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