Mascoma Savings Bank has gained a solid reputation for community involvement since its inception. The financial institution has contributed to the history of Lebanon and currently holds a true hidden treasure for those dedicated history buffs who reside here.
Enclosed in a narrow hallway at Mascoma’s White River Junction Operations Center on Sykes Avenue is a 22-foot mural depicting many historic milestones that made Lebanon the city it is today. The beautiful work of art was painted in 1952 by renowned landscape and oil artist Bernard F. Chapman, whose work appeared in a book that was published by Dartmouth College entitled Number Ten Galley, New York, New York.
Tom Hoyt, Mascoma Savings Bank Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, was able to trace down the history behind this stunning art work. Mr Hoyt provided access to this treasure for the Lebanon Times and produced Mascoma Savings Bank’s official account of the art work’s journey.
“The name of the bank bears the name of the Chief of the Squakheag Indians (Mascommah) who traveled the renowned fishing waters of the Connecticut River and its tributaries including the Mascoma River, which was said to be “almost solid with fish.” The image of Mascommah became the emblem of the Mascoma Savings Bank.
“Mascoma Savings Bank was formed in 1899 by a group of local, civic-minded people. More than 100 years later, the bank’s purpose remains the same: to provide depositors with a safe, convenient place to save and manage their money while meeting the credit needs of customers within our service area. In addition to serving our neighbors, we strive to be part of the fabric of the area by participating in civic affairs and donating to numerous deserving community groups and activities through the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation.”
The Mascoma Savings Bank management made the decision to move the mural to the White River Junction Operations Center back in 2004 when renovations to the Lebanon branch office made it impossible to keep it there. Today, the inspiring painting remains one of the Upper Valley’s best kept secrets, but is a solid contributor to Lebanon’s storied past.