The Vermont Historical Society engages both Vermonters and "Vermonters at heart" in the exploration of our state's rich heritage. Our purpose is to reach a broad audience through our outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. We believe that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities.
The Vermont Historical Society is…
- the only museum in Vermont where visitors experience the entire breadth of Vermont's history from the time of the Abenaki to the beginning of the 21st century; at the Pavilion Building in downtown Montpelier.
- the finest genealogical research library in the state, located at the Vermont History Center in Barre.
- centuries of Vermont-related collections, including the document that admitted Vermont to the Union (signed by Thomas Jefferson), a Revolutionary War atlas of Lake Champlain and even the shoe buckles worn by Ethan Allen!
- Vermont History Expo, a festival of entertainment, lectures and exhibits from local historical societies, museums and heritage attractions, held in even-numbered years at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds during the month of June.
- a resource for Vermont's 100,000 schoolchildren and their teachers.
- the home of the Vermont Women's History Project.
- the publisher of books and a journal about Vermont history.
Since the Vermont Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Our Federal EIN number is 03-0179602.
Through its rich collections, dynamic programming, effective outreach and resolute leadership, the Vermont Historical Society preserves the past, informs the present and promotes Vermont's shared legacy for future generations.
We are pleased to share our plans for the future in the attached Towering Achievements document. We have broadly defined our organization as we imagine it evolving over the next five years. Ultimately we exist to be of service to you so your ideas and involvement have been, and continue to be, essential.
Statement of values
The Vermont Historical Society provides the highest level of care for the historical treasures it holds in the public trust, while providing sound management of its human resources and financial assets.
The Vermont Historical Society facilitates genuine links to the past through well-documented collections, accurate interpretation and reliable scholarship.
The Vermont Historical Society shepherds its resources in innovative ways to optimize the effectiveness of programs and the efficiency of operations.
The Vermont Historical Society embraces its partnerships with other cultural heritage organizations, educational institutions and the State of Vermont.
The Vermont Historical Society serves the broadest possible constituency through outreach, collections, research and programs that reflect Vermont's diversity.
The Vermont Historical Society invites the involvement of members and individuals as active participants in our exhibits and programs, and as contributors of objects and memories that help weave the stories of the state's past.
The Vermont Historical Society protects the privacy of visitors to its website. You do not need to register to view or use materials, search the site or print files. We do not collect personal information about you unless you chose to give us personal information. If you give us personal information (such as your name or email address), we will only use the information to:
- Respond to your question or request for information.
- To invite you to register for our e−newsletter(s).
- To invite you to sign up for our mailing list.
- To contact you in the future about our programs that may be of interest.
Your email address or other information will never be shared with third parties.
Information collected automatically through the website: The website collects some anonymous information when you visit pages. We do not collect information that can identify you personally. For example, we can know how many people visit the site, how long they stay on the site, if they use search engines like Google or Yahoo to find the site, and which pages are viewed most often. However, we do not collect information to identify the individuals who visit the site. We use the information we collect to measure our site and to help us make our site better.
Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator
Vermont Historical Society
60 Washington Street
Barre, VT 05641