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.

September 23 • Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 23
Vermont History Museum, 109 State St, Montpelier, VT

We're participating again in Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day Live! program. Download a special ticket for free admission to the Vermont History Museum that day.

October 6 • Coffee with the Curator

Friday, October 6
Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St, Barre, VT

We've updated our Icons, Oddities, & Wonders exhibit at the History Center, and we'd love to share it with you.

Coffee with the Curator is a members-only opportunity to learn a little more about the objects in the exhibit, VHS collections, and how we put it all together. We'll have coffee, tea & light snacks, along with some "behind the scenes" objects and information not in the exhibit. Our first program will be all about beer! The newly updated exhibit includes objects collected as part of the early days of Vermont's craft beer movement, along with some unexpected beer-related memorabilia. The program is free, but we ask that you register here, or by contacting tori.hart@vermonthistory.org.

October 11 & 12 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Artists

Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Examine works of art by Paul Sample and Thomas Waterman Wood and learn how they captured Vermont stories. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

October 12 • Sam Hand Lecture with Mark Stoler

'Let's Declare Victory and Get Out!': Vermont Senator George D. Aiken and the Vietnam War with Mark Stoler, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont
Thursday, October 12 • 7:00 pm
Waterman Lounge, UVM, Burlington, VT

Our annual lecture program in honor of historian Samuel B. Hand.

The war in Vietnam, which lasted at least 25 years, had a huge impact on the psyche of the nation and has informed approaches to foreign policy ever since. This fall, Vermont PBS will be airing a 10-part series produced by Ken Burns on the Vietnam war and its on-going repercussions. Vermont’s Senator George Aiken was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee during 21 of these critical years and is famous for saying: “Let's Declare Victory and Get Out!.” But did he say that? What was Senator Aiken’s role in ending or prolonging the war? What does our longest war (yes longer than Afghanistan) say about events today?

Sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society and the Center for Research on Vermont with support from Arthur & Cindy Miller, UVM ’75.

October 18 • Archives Month Program- 1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont’s Political (and Cultural) History

Archives Month Program: 1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont Political and Cultural History with Deborah Lee Luskin
Co-sponsored by the Vermont Historic Records Advisory Board and the Vermont Humanities Council
Wednesday, October 18 • 6:30 pm
Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St, Barre, VT

Our annual talk in conjunction with Vermont Archives Month.

In 1964, the Republican Party lost its tight-fisted grasp on Vermont politics, starting the swing of the political pendulum from Vermont as bastion of conservative republicanism to a state with a highly diversified political climate featuring progressive and even radical politics. Novelist Deborah Luskin, whose extensive research into the politics of mid-century Vermont was undertaken in the writing of ‘Into the Wilderness,’ a love story that takes place against the two major political events of that year, shows how the shift is more complex and more nuanced than mere politics.

October 19 • Third Thursday- Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain

Thursday, October 19 • 12:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT

Our lunchtime lecture series moves to Burlington! This month's program is about "Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain" with Jenny Craig. More details soon.

October 28 • LLHSM Annual Conference

Saturday, October 28 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT

The 64th Annual Conference of the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums (LLHSM) is a great chance to network with peers, attend workshops and learn from colleagues in a relaxed setting. Full details here

November 8 & 9 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Government

Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Explore how Vermont's state government works and visit the Vermont State House. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

November 14 • Sam Hand Book Release

Book Release Party for Green Mountain Scholar: Samuel B. Hand, Dean of Vermont Historians
Tuesday, November 14 • 7:00 pm
Waterman Lounge, UVM, Burlington, VT

As a tribute to Dr. Samuel B. Hand, the Center for Research on Vermont will publish Green Mountain Scholar: Samuel B. Hand, Dean of Vermont Historians to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Dr. Hand’s first teaching a course on Vermont history at the University of Vermont. The book will include more than thirty articles written by Sam and his colleagues on important Vermont topics. Colleagues and friends will highlight aspects of the book and talk about Sam and Harriet. More here

November 16 • Third Thursday: UVM and Burlington Soldiers in WWI

Third Thursday Talk: UVM and Burlington Soldiers in WWI  with Brennan Gauthier 
Thursday, November 16 • 12:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St, Burlington, VT

We are expanding our Third Thursday lunchtime lectures to Burlington! Join us this fall for great programs. More details soon.

November 17 • 1950s Casino Night

Friday, November 17  •  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Test your luck and support the Vermont Historical Society at our first ever Casino Night! We’ll have blackjack, roulette, and more spread throughout the Vermont History Center. Collect your chips and swap them out for raffle tickets to win great prizes. Details & Tickets Here

December 13 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont People

Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Learn about the lives of ordinary Vermonters over time. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

December 21 • Third Thursday- Lilian Baker Carlisle, Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure

Thursday, November 16 • 12:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT

Our lunchtime lecture series moves to Burlington! This month's program is about "Lilian Baker Carlisle, Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure" with Joanna Tebbs Young. More details soon.

January 10 & 11 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Weather

Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Hope for snow to play a winter game and learn how weather has affected Vermonters in the past. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

February 8 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Geography

Thursday, February 8 and Wednesday, February 14 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Use maps to consider how Vermont's history was influenced by geography. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

March 8 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Businesses

Thursday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 14 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Examine historic artifacts and documents to learn about the history of businesses in Vermont. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

April 11 & 12 • History for Homeschoolers: Preserving Vermont's History

Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Learn how the stories of Vermont's past are saved and shared. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

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.

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.