Vermont History Almanac
Offered one WEDNESDAY and one THURSDAY each month, September 2014 through May 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
The first five programs (September - January) are at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street, Montpelier; the second four programs (February - May) are at the Vermont History Center, 60 Washington Street, Barre. Directions
Cost is $5 per child per class. Families with three or more children participating in a class or for members of the Vermont Historical Society, cost is $4 per child per class.
Recommended for children ages 6 to 12. Some activities include reading and writing. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; space is limited.
Each session includes history-related activities that focus on that month's theme.
At the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier:
September 10 & 11, 2014 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Back to Class: Education in Vermont
Explore the history of education and one-room schoolhouses in Vermont. Practice arithmetic on slates and writing with quill pens.
October 8 & 9, 2014 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Harvest Time: Food and Farms in Vermont
Celebrate fall (and get ready for winter) by focusing on the long history of harvesting and food preparation in Vermont.
November 12 & 13, 2014 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Hunting Season: Food and Furs in Vermont
People living on Vermont's land have been hunting for food and furs for thousands of years. Explore the hunting traditions of Abenaki, fur traders and early settlers and learn about the animals they hunted.
December 10 & 11, 2014 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cold & Dark: Wintertime in Vermont
It's cold outside! Come inside and participate in traditional indoor activities that took place during the long Vermont winters.
January 14 & 15, 2015 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Let It Snow: Winter Fun in Vermont
Learn about the history of skiing, sledding and other favorite outdoor winter activities enjoyed by Vermonters and tourists.
At the Vermont History Center in Barre
February 11 & 12, 2015 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Celebrations: Holidays in Vermont
Celebrations highlight important events and bring people together. Examine ways Vermonters have celebrated birthdays, Valentine's Day, and holidays like President's Day.
March 11 & 12, 2015 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Sweet Season: Sugaring in Vermont
Maple sugar and maple syrup has a long history in Vermont. Learn about maple sugar production, marketing and related inventions and traditions.
April 8 & 9, 2015 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Shearing Time: Sheep in Vermont
Learn about the sheep "boom" and the importance of sheep and wool in Vermont history.
May 13 & 14, 2015 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Rainy Days: Water in Vermont
From water power to agriculture, transportation to tourism, water has played an important role in Vermont history. Explore some of the highs and lows of water in Vermont.