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 permanent 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.
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.
Vermont Graveyards Photo Exhibit Opens
September 23, 2014–Green Mountain Graveyards, a new special exhibit by photographers Daniel Barlow and Scott Baer, opened last month at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. Photographs from historic graveyards throughout the state show how cemeteries are more than final resting places for the dead, they are also important historic sites that tell the story of how families and stonecarvers worked together to express grief through art. The exhibit connects changing symbols and motifs seen in funerary art with cultural and social views of death and mortality.
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.