The 1970s in Vermont were a time of radical change. Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont–its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture–have their origins in this period. Explore the results of our multi-year research project focused on this influential decade in Vermont.


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Exhibit: Freaks, Radicals & Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont

Now Closed!  in the Vermont History Center, Barre, VT
From communes to organic agriculture, progressive politics to healthcare reform, alternative energy to women’s and gay rights, no aspect of Vermont life remained the same after the dramatic changes that occurred during the 1970s. This dynamic and thoughtful exhibit offered a look back into this influential time in Vermont’s recent past.

Highlights of the exhibition included a Geodesic Dome, Video and Listening Stations showcasing stories and images from the era, and a ‘Peace Hand’ Puppet from Bread & Puppet Theater. 

Select resources from the exhibit will be available in the future on


Programming for this project has ended.

Additional Resources


We've been collecting a variety of research materials, oral histories, and other items. Access them online at

Read-up on the 70s with our monthly VT70s Enewsletter. Sign-up for our various Enewsletters here
October 2017: Vermont and Vietnam
September 2017: Long-Haired Freaky People Need Not Apply
August 2017: Invasion of the Vote Snatchers
July 2017: Reading & Relaxing
June 2017: Au Naturel
May 2017: A Legacy of Activism
April 2017: Hey Good Lookin, Whatcha Got Cookin?
March 2017: Back to Digging in the Land
March 2017: This Land is Our Land
February 2017: Really Fun Discoveries
January 2017: A Tricky Visit
December 2016: Warmth & Wonder
November 2016: Co-Ops & Craftsmanship
October 2016: Spending a Year in the 70s

Any questions about the project, contact Amanda Gustin, or (802) 828-2180

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant #MA-10-14-0279-14).

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