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."
New Book Released
September 16, 2014–The newest publication from the Vermont Historical Society, Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, by Superior Court Judge Robert A. Mello, restores Moses Robinson to his rightful place as one of the most significant figures in the founding of Vermont. This full-length biography shows Robinson as a leader of the revolt against New York, one of Vermont's agents to Congress in charge of negotiating statehood, architect of Vermont's legal system, and its first chief justice, governor for a year, and Vermont's first senator. Invoking new thoughts about Vermont's complicated beginnings, this biography offers fresh perspectives on the state's early legal and political history. Find the book in our online store.
New Vermont Essay Collection Released
April 1, 2014–The 19 essays in The Vermont Difference: Perspectives from the Green Mountain State (J. Kevin Graffagnino, et al), discuss aspects of the Vermont experience that merit national attention and consideration, from the significance of town meetings to the push for sustainable agriculture. The collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking essays is beautifully illustrated with contemporary and historical photographs and artwork. Contributors include Vermont politicians, historians, academics, writers and business leaders. Co-published by the Woodstock Foundation and the Vermont Historical Society. Find the book in our online store.
New book unveiled: The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont
December 2013-You'll often find thought-provoking subjects in the books that we publish. One of our newest titles introduces revealing new research from author Harvey Amani Whitfield: The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.
"Challenging myth with careful reasoning and thorough research, Harvey Amani Whitfield deftly reveals the challenges of abolishing slavery even in Vermont, so long assumed to have been founded on equal rights and universal freedom ..., " says Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Find the book in our online store.
Senator Doyle Honored
September 21, 2013 – Senator Bill Doyle was presented the President's Award in recognition of his lifelong preservation of Vermont's history through community documentaries, professorship at Johnson State College, History Day judging, active engagement with the VHS and other heritage organizations, (and many other heroic history efforts!). The Vermont Historical Society also set up a William T. Doyle History Day fund.