We present a variety of programs and events throughout the year for history enthusiasts of all ages- both on-site and around the state.  Check back often for new events & updated details.

April 28 • Exhibit Opening: Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont

Saturday, April 28 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Start your engines! It's opening day for our featured exhibit which will explore over 100 years of auto racing history all over Vermont- from dirt tracks to hill climbs to NASCAR. Be one of the first to hear the stories, see the objects never before on display, and even try your hand in our racing simulator. Enjoy FREE admission to the exhibit from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in conjunction with the Downtown Barre Car Show.  More exhibit info here.

May 9 & 10 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Then and Now

Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Explore continuity and change throughout Vermont's history. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

May 17 • Third Thursday Talk: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with Kevin McKenna

Third Thursday Talk
Thursday, May 17 • 12:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

On the year of what would have been his 100th birthday, UVM professor Kevin McKenna will talk about the influential Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his time living and writing in Vermont. Our monthly Third Thursday talks are free & open to everyone. Bring your lunch, coffee & tea provided. More details on this program soon.

May 19 • Exhibit Opening: Solzhenitsyn in Vermont

Exhibit Opening Reception: Solzhenitsyn in Vermont
Saturday, May 19 • 1:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Join us for the official opening of our newest exhibit, Solzhenitsyn in Vermont, produced in partnership with the Cavendish Historical Society and the University of Vermont. The  exhibit celebrates the life and work of Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on what would be the 100th anniversary of his birth through photographs, quotes, and family memories. It is open through October 2018 in the Jackie Calder Gallery at the Museum.

VHC logo vert Project supported, in part, by the Vermont Humanities Council

June 9 • Special Hours: Vermont History Center

Saturday, June 9 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

The History Center in Barre will be open on the Second Saturday of each month through the duration of the Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont exhibit.  More exhibit info here.

June 14 • VHS at Thunder Road

Thursday, June 14 • 7:00 pm 
Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, VT

Join VHS at the track! We'll be enjoying the race and talking to fans about our Anything for Speed exhibit. That evening also features the New England Antique Racers, who will be showing off some great early race cars. 

The Children’s Crusade: How Patrick Leahy's 1974 election changed modern campaigns in Vermont

In this talk, Phil Baruth focuses on Patrick Leahy’s stunning underdog election to the Senate in 1974. It is a story that no one has told in any real detail, but it is in essence the story of Vermont’s entry into the postmodern campaign era.