Whether you're casually interested in Vermont history, keen to experience bygone eras, or passionate about telling stories about Vermont's past, the Vermont Historical Society has programs for you! Please watch this site as we add updates constantly!

July 25 • LLHSM Regional Discussion: Fundraising

Tuesday, July 25  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm
North Hero Community Hall, North Hero, VT

Join VHS Director of Development Kristin Dodge and fellow colleagues from local historical societies & museums for a presentation & discussion on Fundraising for Small Organizations. Bring a lunch, basic refreshments provided. Free & open to all, but please RSVP to eileen.corcoran@vermonthistory.org, (802) 479-8522

July 29 • Barre Heritage Festival

Saturday, July 29
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

The History Center will be open as part of the greater Barre Heritage Festival happening all weekend.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Exhibits open, Clara's Games on the front lawn
9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Leahy Library open
10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Used & Bargain Book Sale in the Community Room

July 27-30 • Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

July 27 through July 30
Burlington Waterfront

Visit the VHS Booth! Test your knowledge of Vermont trivia, play historic games, learn more about the Vermont Historical Society, and meet staff members at this four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront.

August 5 • Plymouth Old Home Day

Saturday, August 5 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, VT

Play Clara's Games at Plymouth Old Home Day. Have fun walking on stilts, hopping in potato sacks, and catching hoops with sticks. The historic games are presented by the Vermont Historical Society. Other activities organized by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation include wagon rides, sheep shearing and a reenactment of Calvin Coolidge's "Homestead Inaugural."

August 10 • Pub Trivia at the Tap Room at Switchback

Thursday, August 10 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Switchback Brewery, 160 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT

Join us for a fun night of Vermont trivia at the Tap Room at Switchback!

Do you know what a gore is, and how many of them in Vermont? How about the original name for Camel’s Hump? What’s the official state bird?

Sponsored & organized by the Vermont Historical Society, come test your wits while drinking Switchback. You’ll compete against other teams for prizes and learn fun new facts about the Green Mountain state.

August 12 • East Poultney Day

Saturday, August 12 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
East Poultney Green

Test your knowledge of Vermont trivia, play historic games, learn more about the Vermont Historical Society, and meet staff members at this day-long celebration of history & community hosted by the Poultney Historical Society.

August 19 • Windham County History Fair

Saturday, August 19 • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Newfane Common

Test your knowledge of Vermont trivia, play historic games, learn more about the Vermont Historical Society, and meet staff members at this day-long celebration of history & community hosted by the Windham County Historical Society.

August 23 • "The Vietnam War" Screening & Conversation

Wednesday, August 23 • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

History Center exhibits will be open, and we'll be screening an excerpt from the new documentary The Vietnam War by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick in partnership with Vermont Public Television. A community conversation will follow the screening.  Screening starts at 6:00 pm.

September 9 • VHS Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 9
Montpelier, VT

Save the date for our Annual Meeting! More details soon.

October 28 • LLHSM Annual Conference

Saturday, October 28 
Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT

Save the date for our annual League of Local Historical Societies & Museums (LLHSM) conference! Details as they are available can be found here.  Historical Societies & Museums (LLHSM) conference! Details as they are available can be found here

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.