Spend your vacation at the museum reading the signs
Dateline: December 14, 2010
Montpelier, Vt.— The Vermont History Museum in the Pavilion building at 109 State Street is now featuring an exhibit of historic Vermont signs. One of the Vermont Historical Society’s primary goals is to collect objects and documents that illustrate the state’s history. Each sign currently displayed at the museum represents a moment in time, a direct physical link to the past, and each has its own story about a time and place in Vermont.
Dating from the early 1800s to the 1990s, these signs convey a multitude of messages: welcoming Long Trail hikers; telling where to find the local beauty “shoppe”; warning of a toll road ahead; alerting to a fallout shelter; and helping customers locate many of the trades they might have needed, such as dentistry, insulation, or contractors. There are a variety of sign materials, from hand-painted wood to canvas and metal. You can even see a triple sign on which three different messages can be read from the sides and front.
Museum Registrar Mary Rogstad said, “It’s a great way to spend time with your family―reading the signs of times past and reflecting on the way things are today.” The exhibit is included in the museum admission price for the Freedom & Unity exhibit: families $12; adults $5; students, children, seniors $3; members and children under 6: free.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call (802) 828-2291.