Local Historical Societies, Heritage Organizations, and Museums
Each Expo year, we welcome nearly 150 history exhibits created by local historical societies, heritage organizations, and museums. Below is the list of exhibitors who joined us in 2016.
Exhibitors in Alphabetical Order
251 Club of Vermont
Barnet Historical Society - "Barnet Waters"
Bellows Falls Historical Society
Bennington Historical Society - "125th Anniversary of the Opening of the Bennington Battle Monument"
Ben's Mill Trust, Ltd. - "Ben's Mill"
Berlin Historical Society
Bethel Historical Society - "The Journey of a Tear"
Billings Farm & Museum
Black River Academy Museum - "Water Power: Productive & Destructive"
Bradford Historical Society - "Bradford, A River Town"
Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace - "Destruction and Production: Water Power in Brandon History"
Brattleboro Historical Society
Brian Lindner - "Vermont Plane Crashes"
Bridgewater Historical Society - "The Bridgewater Woolen Mill: The Fabric of a Community"
Bristol Historical Society
Brookfield Historical Society
Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation - "Vermont is a State I Love: The Story of Coolidge and the 1927 Flood"
Cambridge Historical Society
Castleton Historical Society
Chelsea Historical Society - "Sugar Water"
Chittenden County Historical Society - "How Chittenden County Towns Used Water from the 18th to 21st Century"
Chittenden Historical Society - "Chittenden: The Biggest Dam Town in Vermont"
Connecticut River Watershed Council - "From Pollution to Protection: History of the Connecticut River"
Danville Historical Society - "Waterpower: The Lifeblood of Early Danville"
Daryl Storrs - Expo Artist
Derby Historical Society - "For Want of Head: The Death of Salem"
Dorset Historical Society
Dover Historical Society
Duxbury Historical Society - "Mountain Water Power"
East Montpelier & Calais Historical Societies - "Working Waters"
Ed Larkin Contra Dancers
Essex Community Historical Society - "Industries Utilizing the Water Power at Hubbell's Falls"
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
Fair Haven Historical Society - "Water Power in 1785"
Fairfax Historical Society
Fayston Historical Society - "Fayston's Flurries & Flows"
Fenian Historical Society - "Irish attack Canada 1866"
Flags for Veterans
Fort at Number Four
Genealogical Society of Vermont
General Stannard House Committee - "General Stannard House Restoration"
Glover Historical Society - "The Extreme Power of Water"
Goddard Library and Archives
Grafton Historical Society - "Soapstone and Water: The Local Impact of 19th Century Clean Water Awareness"
Green Mountain Timekeepers Society - "Vermont Clocks and Clockmakers"
Green Mtn. Perkins Academy & Historical Association - "Making More Than Hay in South Woodstock: Hands to Work Along the Kedron Brook"
Greensboro Historical Society
Guilford Historical Society - "The Green River Timber Crib Dam Restoration"
Hardwick Historical Society
Hartford Historical Society
Hartland Historical Society - "Water Power in Hartland: 249 Years and Counting"
Heritage Winooski Mill Museum - "Waterpower: Mills and the Transfer of Energy"
Highgate Historical Society - "Spring Water"
Historic New England
Honoring VT Civil War Veterans
Howard Coffin - "Vermont in the Civil War"
Innerglass Window Systems, LLC
Jamaica Historical Foundation - "Fix it Now- Apologize Later"
John Strong Mansion Museum (DAR)
Johnson Historical Society - "Power of the Gihon in Johnson's Industrial History"
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Landgrove Historical Society
Londonderry Arts & Historical Society - "Monday- Wash Day/Saturday Night- Bath"
Manchester Historical Society
Marlboro Historical Society
Mendon Historical Society
Middletown Springs Historical Society
Montgomery Historical Society
Montshire Museum of Science
Morristown Historical Society/Noyes House Museum
Mount Independence Coalition
National Museum of the Morgan Horse
Newbury Historical Society - "The Flood of 1927 & Historic Windmill"
Northeast Document Conservation Center - "Preserving Paper and Media Collections"
Northfield Historical Society - "Pump Logs- Transporting Water via Wooden Pipes"
Norwich Historical Society - "Life on the Connecticut"
Old Stone House Museum
Orwell Historical Society Museum - "Presenting a 'Modern' Country Kitchen at the Turn of the 20th Century"
Plainfield Historical Society - "On the Rails: A History of the M&WR Railroad in Plainfield"
Randolph Historical Society - "The Power of Water in Randolph"
Ripton Historical Society
Rochester Historical Society - "Log Drives on the White River-Granville Through Hancock and Rochester to Stockbridge"
Roxbury Historical Society
Royalton Historical Society
Rutland Historical Society - "Rutland Floods"
Ryegate Historical Society - "The Critical Role of Water-Powered Mills"
Sharon Historical Society
Shelburne Historical Society - "Shipbuilding for Commerce, Leisure, and War"
Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
Shrewsbury Historical Society
Sons of Union Veterans
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library
Springfield Art and Historical Society - "The Black River: How it Drove the Development of Springfield"
St. Andrews Society of Vermont
Stowe Historical Society - "There's Always Snow in Stowe Thanks to Snowmaking!"
Strafford Historical Society & Justin Morrill Homestead - "The Power of Water/Empowering Water"
Swanton Historical Society - "The Sound of Falling Water: A History of Water Use and Industry at Swanton Falls"
Thetford Historical Society
Tinmouth Historical & Genealogical Society - "Tinmouth and H20"
Townshend Historical Society
Tunbridge Historical Society
Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers
Vermont Book Shelf - "A River of Stories"
Vermont Business Magazine
Vermont Covered Bridge Society
Vermont Digital Newspaper Project
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation - "Awash in History! Division for Historic Preservation"
Vermont Folklife Center
Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society
Vermont Historical Society
Vermont Humanities Council
Vermont Society of Land Surveyors
Vermont Mayflower Society
Vermont Society, Sons of the American Revolution
Vermont State Curator's Office/Vermont State House
Vermont State Historic Sites - "Historic Sites Program"
Vermont State Records & Archives Administration - "From the Rains of '27 to Tropical Storm Irene: How Floods Have Shaped Vermont's Landscape"
Vershire Historical Society
Wardsboro History Group - "Eat More Gilfeather Turnip"
Waterbury Historical Society - "H20bury"
West Fairlee Historical Society
Weston Historical Society
Williamstown Historical Society - "History of Williamstown's Early Water Systems"
Wilmington Historical Society
Williston Historical Society
Woodstock Historical Society - "The Mineral Springs of Woodstock"
Worcester Historical Society
Genealogy Resources and Archives Center
At this popular feature of Vermont History Expo, visitors worked with representatives from the state's leading genealogy organizations and archivists from Vermont's major repositories.
Staff members and volunteers from the Vermont Historical Society Library, the Genealogical Society of Vermont, and the Vermont Genealogy Library answered questions about genealogy research.
Members of heritage societies, ethnic genealogy organizations and archivists helped with visitors' research and questions about organizing and storing archival collections.
And public access computers provided visitors the opportunity to search for their family histories on the Internet, with professional assistance. In addition, many of the participating organizations offered a variety of genealogical publications for sale.
Tunbridge Fair Association Exhibits
In 1929, the Tunbridge Fair Association built an "antique log cabin" on the fairgrounds to showcase a collection of Vermont antiques accumulated by Edward R. Flint, who was then secretary of the Union Agricultural Society, a.k.a. the Tunbridge Fair Association.
The September 1930 issue of The Vermonter, the state magazine of the time, featured "The World's Fair," and its extensive antique exhibit. Credit was given to Mr. Flint, "the indefatigable secretary, (who) has been all over Vermont, the quest often leading to far mountainsides and extending to two o'clock in the morning. He has found people most kind in co-operation."
"We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to Ed Flint for the nearly 30 years he devoted to amassing the antiques in our collection," says Euclid Farnham, Tunbridge Fair Association president. "There is no way we could find these items today, no less pay for them. It took Ed's sheer will and folksy manner to persuade people to donate their treasures."
In 1972, the original log cabin on Antique Hill was replaced with a larger building to accommodate the growing collection of 18th- and 19th-century artifacts. "We kept the original fireplace," notes Euclid Farnham. "We had to. Farmers from all over Tunbridge brought the field stones from their land to build it and local masons put it together."
The Log Cabin Museum is open for Vermont History Expo visitors. Many of the artifacts on display have a story, such as that of a butter print described in The Vermonter of 1930. "One of the women settlers went six miles to a neighbor's on the opposite hill and spun three days to pay for having this print made. On her way home she was chased by wolves and only escaped by running into the house in time, her horse being killed by them."
The fair association staffs several hallmark exhibits, including the 1840 Bicknell Hill District #8 Schoolhouse, which was moved to the grounds in 1940; 19th-century blacksmith and printing shops; a large, wooden cider press made in Strafford, Vermont during the mid-19th century; and the antique vehicle and farm equipment display.