Local Historical Societies, Heritage Organizations, and Museums
Every year, we welcome nearly 150 history exhibits created by local historical societies, heritage organizations, and museums. Below is the list of exhibitors from across Vermont who joined us in 2014.
Exhibitors in Alphabetical Order
251 Club of Vermont - "Celebrating 60 Years of Adventures off the Beaten Path"
American Precision Museum - "Photographs of Civil War exhibits, 'Arming the Union' and 'Full Duty: The Civil War Collection of Howard Coffin'"
Barnet Historical Society - "Barnet's 250th Anniversary Celebration Highlights"
Bellows Falls Historical Society
Bennington Historical Society - "Artists & Artisans Working in Bennington"
Ben's Mill Trust, Ltd. - "Ben's Mill"
Berlin Historical Society - "Monument for Little Margaret"
Bethel Historical Society
Billings Farm & Museum - "Decorative Arts in Everyday Objects"
Birds of Vermont Museum
Black River Academy Museum - "Arts and Crafts of the Ludlow Finns"
Black River Design
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Bradford Historical Society - "Artists and Artisans, Past and Present"
Brandon Museum at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace
Bread and Puppet Museum - "Bread & Puppet in Vermont: 44 Years of Art & Activism"
Bridgewater Historical Society - "The Bridgewater Woolen Mill: The Fabric of a Community"
Bristol Historical Society - "Bristol Area Artists and Artisans"
Brookfield Historical Society
Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
Cambridge Historical Society
Castleton Historical Society
Charlotte Historical Society
Chester Historical Society
Chittenden County Historical Society - "The Shelburne Craft School Through 70 Years"
Chittenden Historical Society - "Turn of the 20th Century Chittenden Through the Eyes of Lena Osgood Long"
Collections Care Alliance
Craftsbury Historical Society - "History of Strongs Canoe Yard 1964 to 1998"
Crown Point Road Association - "Crown Point Road"
Danville Historical Society
DAR/John Strong Mansion Museum
Dave Allen-Old Maps
Derby Historical Society
Dorset Historical Society
Dover Historical Society - "What We Do"
East Montpelier & Calais Historical Societies - "James Franklin Gilman"
Ed Larkin Contra Dancers
Essex Community Historical Society - "The Art of Essex Photographers Capture the History of the Town"
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
Fair Haven Historical Society - "Fair Haven Houses Unique or Not?"
Fayston Historical Society - "Art in the Hills of Fayston"
Fenian Historical Society
Fort at Number Four
Genealogical Society of Vermont
Glover Historical Society - "Johnnie Prindle, Glover's Vaudeville Star"
Goddard Library and Archives
Grafton Historical Society
Grand Lodge of VT Free & Accepted Masons
Green Mountain Chapter Embroiderers' Guild of America - "Needle Art of Embroidery"
Green Mountain Club - "Hiking in Vermont"
Green Mountain Timekeepers Society - "Vermont Clocks and Clockmakers"
Green Mtn. Perkins Academy & Historical Association
Greensboro Historical Society
Guilford Historical Society - "Royall Tyler and The Contrast: America's First Comedy 1787"
Hardwick Historical Society - "Hardwick Master Sculptors: Three Men Who Left Their Mark"
Hartford Historical Society - "From Grasses, Trees, and Bark, Comes Abenaki Art"
Highgate Historical Society - "Schools"
Historic New England
Hubbardton Historical Society
Jamaica Historical Foundation - "The Landscapes of Jamaica, Vermont"
Johnson Historical Society - "Johnson Artists"
Journey's End Program Series
King Arthur Flour
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Londonderry Arts & Historical Society - "Londonderry Artists' Heyday: 1940-1970"
Main Street Museum
Manchester Historical Society
Marlboro Historical Society - "Marlboro Artists, Past and Present"
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Nat'l Historical Park
Middlesex Historical Society - "The Lost Village of Wrightsville"
Middletown Springs Historical Society - "Middletown Springs History Timeline: 1952-1971"
Montgomery Historical Society - "Creative Montgomery"
Montpelier Historical Society - "Montpelier Artist Thomas Waterman Wood"
Morristown Historical Society
Mount Independence State Historic Site
National Museum of the Morgan Horse
Northeast Document Conservation Center - "Preservation Resources for Collections"
Northfield Historical Society - "The Restoration of Northfield's Oldest Cemetery"
Orleans County Historical Society/Old Stone House Museum - "Marble Dust Drawings"
Orwell Historical Society Museum
Plainfield Historical Society - "Stories in Stone"
Plymouth Historical Society - "Plymouth Artisan Cheese"
Pownal Historical Society - "Showcasing Pownal Art and Artists"
Preservation Trust of Vermont
Randolph Historical Society - "Three Gentlemen from Randolph: Before, During and After the Civil War"
Ripton Historical Society
Rochester Historical Society - "The Hookers of Rochester"
Rokeby Museum - "Artists in the Family"
Roxbury Historical Society -
Royalton Historical Society - "Royalton's Lee Hull"
Ryegate Historical Society
Sheffield Historical Society - "An Eclectic Collection of Sheffield Artists"
Springfield Art and Historical Society
St. Andrews Society of Vermont
Stowe Historical Society - "Artists and Artisans of Stowe: Talent Abounds"
Strafford Historical Society & Justin Morrill Homestead - "The Creative Legacies of the Senator and the Stovekeeper"
Sullivan Museum & History Center
Swanton Historical Society
Thetford Historical Society - "The Four Seasons of Richard Alden Burt"
Tinmouth Historical & Genealogical Society
Townshend Historical Society - "Vermont Impressionism"
Tunbridge Historical Society
University of Vermont Special Collections
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers
Vermont Archaeology Society - "Little Dig"
Vermont Arts Council
Vermont Covered Bridge Society
Vermont Dept. of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - "Find Your Vermont Relative in the Civil War - Genealogy"
Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing
Vermont Digital Newspaper Project
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
Vermont Folklife Center
Vermont Genealogy Library
Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board
Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library
Vermont Humanities Council - "The Vermont Humanities Council: Because Ideas Matter"
Vermont Society of Land Surveyors
Vermont Society of Mayflower Descendants
Vermont Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Vermont State Archives and Records Administration - "The Criminal Arts: Counterfeiting and Forgery"
Vermont State Historic Sites
Vermont State House - "Heralding Vermont: Artists and Artisans depict the State Coat of Arms"
Vermont State Police Archives Center & Museum - "History of Vermont State Police and Department of Motor Vehicles"
Vershire Historical Society - "Artists of Vershire"
Veterans Affairs Medical Center (White River Junction)
Waterbury Historical Society - "Artists and Artisans of Vermont State Hospital"
Weathersfield Historical Society - "Make Hay While the Sun Shines & Other Farm Adages"
West Fairlee Historical Society - "Pulling Teeth and Painting Pictures: J. Theodore Child, Dentist and Artist"
West Rutland Historical Society
West Windsor Historical Society
Weston Historical Society
Williamstown Historical Society - "Williamstown My Own"
Williston Historical Society
Woodstock Historical Society - "Decorative Arts in Everyday Objects"
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.