The Vermont Historical Society will host the next Annual Meeting for the League in the fall of 2013. In the meantime, here are highlights from last year. If you would like to find out more, please contact Laura Brill at (802) 479-8522.
The Vermont Historical Society held its Annual Meeting for the League of Local Historical Societies and Museums on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the North Universalist Chapel, 7 Church Street in Woodstock, Vermont.
The conference, “Power of the Past,” featured keynote speaker Woodstock resident Rolf Diamant, former Superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Diamant presented Four Months That Changed America: When a War for the Union Became a War for a More Perfect Union.
Following the keynote address, attendees chose from 10 educational workshops. Workshop topics included "Walking Tour of Woodstock Civil War Sites", "Dana House Museum: Exhibit and Archive Tour", "Story Circles and Tropical Storm Irene", "Billings Farm Life Exhibit and Farmhouse Tour", "Digital versus Darkroom: Dealing with Glass Plate Negatives", "Inquiring into Civil War History with Students", "Digitizing Collections for Small Institutions", "What Lies Beneath: Chimney Point State Historic Site & the Lake Champlain Bridge Project" and "Pictures Into Words: Compiling a Family History Using Photographs and Other Memorabilia."
The daylong conference generally has more than 150 attendees and features a keynote address, business meeting, achievement awards, lunch, and professionally-led workshops relevant to the needs of the local history community. Attended by local historical society members, museum professionals and the interested public, the meeting provided participants with the opportunity to network and share concerns, successes, and issues with history-loving colleagues.
The Vermont Historical Society would like to acknowledge the support of the Flow of History and Billings Farm & Museum for this event. Co-sponsors include Countryman Press, Co-operative Insurance Companies, Main Street Landing Company, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and Mascoma Savings Bank.