May 2015 - Find out about your relatives!
Did your relatives get stuck in the mud, too? Did your great uncle write about his escapades on back roads in Vermont? Did you know our Leahy Library has the largest printed genealogical collection in the state? What better place to drop by and research your own genealogy?
Leahy Library • Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Second Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Vermont History Center, 60 Washington Street, Barre
Don't forget: if you are a member of the Vermont Historical Society, library admission is free! (Non-members $5.00.) Find out more here.
Questions? Call (802) 479-8509.
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.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program
January 19, 2015–The Vermont Historical Society honored Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special program entitled "Liberty's First Crisis" presented by writer Charles Slack. The presentation was based on Slack's forthcoming book (also titled Liberty's First Crisis) that tells the story of the moment when the country's future hung in the balance. Slack began his research at the Vermont History Center's Leahy Library—a research library that documents the history and people of Vermont, including a collection of books and documents dating from the 1770s to the present.
Barre Collection comes to the VHS
November 25, 2014–The Barre History Collection, formerly housed in the Aldrich Public Library, has recently been added to the Vermont Historical Society's collection. The VHS will care for the collection at the Vermont History Center in Barre.
The collections include artifacts and archival materials gathered by the Barre Historical Society between 1915 and 1979, as well as later additions.
In all, over 230 linear feet of archival holdings are included—personal papers, organizational and business records, photographs and other items that document life in the "Granite Capital," accompanied by hundreds of artifacts that were made and used by residents of Barre. Both the Aldrich and the VHS describe the collaboration as a "win/win."
We need to raise $18,000 to fund the supplies and processing which will bring these important collections to the public. Please click here to learn more about the Barre Collection.