June 4 - Vermont History Center closed for the day
On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the Vermont History Center located in Barre will be closed for routine maintenance procedures. The Vermont Heritage Galleries and Leahy Library will not be available during that day. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you on another day!
Vermont in the 1970s Forums
March 18, 2015–From March through the end of April, the Vermont Historical Society held public forums statewide to talk about the influence of the 1970s on Vermont. The Society is seeking input to help guide our collections, documentation, and public programs about this transformative era.
These public forums—or community conversations—were the first step in a much longer project to collect oral histories, objects, books, personal papers, and more that tell the full story of this influential era. If you missed the forums, we'd still like to hear from you— please share your perspectives by taking our survey. This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant #MA-10-14-0279-14.
Vermont History Day: “Leadership and Legacy in History”
March 28, 2015–More than 200 students from schools throughout Vermont participated in Vermont History Day held at U-32 High School. All projects were related to the national theme "Leadership and Legacy in History." Students spent the school year researching topics and creating projects ranging from websites to documentaries.
For over 30 years, the Vermont Historical Society has coordinated Vermont History Day (VHD), a statewide competition affiliated with National History Day (NHD), and provided support and guidance to teachers and students over the course of the school year.
Women’s History Panel Discussion
March 11, 2015–In honor of Women's History month, the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Commission for Women offered a special program featuring a panel of esteemed historians and scholars addressing questions about the study of women's history in the 21st century. The standing-room-only crowd heard three esteemed historians address the question: Do we still need women's history?
The lively discussion was moderated by Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, and included panelists Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Vermont, Dr. Marilyn Blackwell, independent historian, and Holly Allen, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College.
Farmers’ Night Music Program
February 25, 2015–Attendees of the annual Farmer's Night Program on Wednesday, February 25, were treated to a lively musical performance by the Boston-based early music ensemble Seven Days Salt.
The evening was hosted by the Vermont Historical Society and featured period music including a variety of early shapenote hymns, songs of liberty and taxation, wartime laments, and dance tunes. The instruments played by the ensemble–the violin or treble viol, the recorder or flute, the lute, and the bass viol–were among the most popular in English culture throughout America's settlement and Revolutionary period.