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League workshop meetingLeague workshop meetinSince 1953, the Vermont Historical Society has provided outreach and support to Vermont’s local history community through the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums (LLHSM). 

Although League programs and services are available to any Vermont collecting organization, institutional membership in the Vermont Historical Society is strongly encouraged. Membership helps support the many forms of assistance offered by the League Program to the local historical societies, museums and heritage organizations throughout the state.

For information or assistance, please contact Eileen Corcoran at (802) 479-8522 or eileen.corcoran@vermonthistory.org. Current League services include:

Local History E-newsletter

Our biweekly Local History e-newsletter includes information on VHS & local history events, resources, relevant links, and other items of interest to historical societies and museums. Sign-up for the e-newsletter here. You can send upcoming events and other information you might like to include in the enewsletter to Eileen Corcoran

Local History Gallery

Within the Freedom & Unity exhibit at the Vermont History Museum is a spotlight gallery dedicated to rotating exhibits created by our over 190 local historical societies and museums. More details coming soon. Historical societies & museums click here for details on becoming an exhibitor.

Collections Care

Vermont Historical Society offers a number of resources for helping local historical societies and museums with their collections care.

LLHSM Online Directory

Each local historical society in Vermont can list contact information, hours of operation, and description of collections, as well as website links when applicable.

LLHSM Annual Conference

Our daylong conference held in the fall for more than 100 attendees features a keynote address, business meeting, achievement awards, and professionally-led workshops relevant to the needs of the local history community. Click here for the latest details on this year's meeting

Local History Achievement Awards Program

Every year the Vermont Historical Society presents the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Awards. These awards recognize the exceptional work being done by individuals and community heritage organizations throughout the state to collect, preserve and share Vermont’s rich history. Awards are presented each year in conjunction with the League of Local Historical Societies and Museums Annual Meeting in the fall.

Nomination for the 2017 Awards will be considered for projects that were undertaken or completed during the period from August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017, as well as for individual achievement over an extended period of time. Click here for the Nomination Form (due Aug. 25)


Want to submit a strong nomination? Take a look at our Tips Sheet.
Any questions? Please contact Eileen Corcoran at eileen.corcoran@vermonthistory.org or (802) 479-8522.

Congratulations to our 2016 Achievement Award Winners!
Download a list of past Award Winners (1999-2016): PDF

Special Programs and Workshops

The Vermont Historical Society occasionally hosts workshops designed to assist local historical societies and museums with a wide array of the challenges they may face, from collections care, strategic planning, volunteer recruitment, disaster management, creating exhibits, planning regional history fairs to PastPerfect cataloging. Check out our Calendar for any upcoming programs.