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.
VHS publishes Uncommon book
Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History is now available by Paul Gillies.
“Paul Gillies is Vermont’s best chronicler of all the twists and turns of our storied past. Everyone interested in how we evolved into such a special place needs to read this book,” says former Governor James Douglas. For more about the book, check our online store.
175th anniversary bricks campaign
You can provide a lasting foundation for Vermont’s history!
To celebrate our 175th year of sharing the stories and preserving artifacts of Vermont, you are invited to purchase a brick which will be placed in the courtyard of the Vermont History Center in Barre. By purchasing this block of masonry, your name (or names of your family members or company) could be engraved to help maintain this historic Barre landmark—all proceeds will be used to maintain the Vermont Historical Society building and exhibits.
Tour guides are needed at the Vermont History Museum & Vermont State House
Dateline: February 4, 2013
Montpelier, Vt. ― If you would like to help Vermont students learn about Vermont history and government, consider becoming a volunteer Tour Guide at the Vermont History Museum or the Vermont State House in Montpelier. Tour guides at both locations lead Vermont students from across the state through the museum exhibits and the capitol building. No experience is necessary.
The Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont State House are offering an information session on Thursday, February 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 am at 109 State Street in Montpelier. You will be able to talk with current tour guides to find out how you can help share Vermont history and/or government with students at either location.
For more information, please call Victoria Hughes at (802) 828-1413 or Vivien Fritz at (802) 828-1411.
Folklorist Jane Beck retells powerful stories of Daisy Turner and the African American experience in Vermont
Dateline: January 4, 2013
Barre, Vt. ― The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were honored at the Vermont History Center in Barre on January 21, 2013. Acclaimed folklorist and commentator Dr. Jane Beck recounted the stories of Daisy Turner of Grafton, who was herself the child of former slaves. This story spans two centuries of American history, from Africa into slavery and back to freedom, and is based on research for a new book about the Turner family.