June 24 to 26 - Vermont Quilt Festival!
Vermont Historical Society will be sharing 30 quilts at the quilt festival, some of these exquisite works of art from our collection were featured in the book Plain and Fancy. Not only is 2016 the Vermont Quilt Festival's 40th year, it also marks the 25th anniversary of the 1991 publication of Plain and Fancy: Vermont's People and Their Quilts.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday • June 24 – 26, 2016
Champlain Valley Exposition
105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
In honor of the occasion, Plain and Fancy authors Donna Bister and Richard Cleveland have organized an exhibit of quilts from the book. Altogether, more than 60 quilts from the hands of three centuries of Vermont quiltmakers will be represented. More here.
Family fun in Tunbridge June 18 & 19
It's Father’s Day weekend and family fun can be found at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge. With a theme of H2O: The Power of Water in Vermont History, there will be plenty of hands-on activities for all. For example, youngsters will be encouraged to make Champ puppets and march with them in the daily parade at 12:30 pm!
Vermont Historical Society’s History Expo coordinator, Amanda Gustin, explains, “We have a lot of family activities planned for History Expo 2016. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting Let’s Go Fishing activities. Families can check out dragon flies and water scorpions at Montshire Museum’s Pond Life from 12:00 to 5:00 pm each day. Be sure to bring your water shoes for Stream Walks at 1:00 and 3:00 pm!” More details.
Music fills the air at Expo
You won't want to miss a note . . .The Vermont History Expo will feature music on two stages at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds June 18 and 19. You might even do-si-do!
Vermont Historical Society's Expo coordinator, Amanda Gustin, says, "You'll hear top notch music as you stroll around the fairgrounds! Enjoy lovely harmonies and fiddle tunes while you visit history exhibits and demonstrations. Or pull up a seat and watch The Ed Larkin Old Time Contra Dancers while you enjoy a picnic or enjoy that ice cream cone." More details.
A Story Runs Through It
VHS Executive Director Steve Perkins says that history is all about stories! On the eve of June 18 at the Vermont History Expo, we will feature Saturday Night Storytelling FREE from extempo! In a reverse-chronologically ordered lineup, eight raconteurs will take you on a ride in the wayback machine.
Saturday, June 18, 6:00 pm
Programs Tent at Vermont History Expo
Come listen to short-format, first-person, true stories that span the decades...about history, about Vermont, about water...in some cases about all three! See the lineup of storytellers here.
A horse, of course! Morgans and more!
Naturally, there'll be Morgan horses and many other heritage animals at Vermont History Expo on June 18 and 19 at the Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds.
Vermont History Expo is not complete without farm animals. In the past three decades, there has been growing interest in preserving the genetics of historic breed animals. Come to Expo to find out more about these animals -- and farming techniques, too.
We'll also share farming techniques such as beekeeping, poultry raising, and don't forget ice cream making, too! Updated schedules here.