The Vermont Women's History Project highlights the role that women have played in shaping Vermont's history and provides resources and programs to make this important information available to students, researchers, and anyone interested in Vermont women and their accomplishments.
Students, teachers, writers, researchers, travelers, or anyone interested in Vermont women's history can search our site for information about the history and accomplishments of Vermont women.
Women's history program
Each March, our annual program on Vermont women's history highlights an intriguing aspect of women's roles in shaping our state and local history. Please watch our events calendar for details. Here is a glimpse into past programs.
2016 - Green Mountain Girls: Women of the Long Trail
On March 24, 2016, the Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Commission on Women, and the Green Mountain Club presented Reidun Nuquist and Green Mountain Girls: Women of the Long Trail. Kathleen Norris, Catherine Robbins, and Hilda M. Kurth, aka “The Three Musketeers,” were the first women to hike the Long Trail from Canada to Massachusetts in 1927. They became a national sensation. But they are only the most famous, numerous other women have followed in their footsteps, not just as hikers, but as trail workers and leaders of the Green Mountain Club.
We celebrated Vermont Women’s History Month and the pioneering roles by many women in Vermont at the Green Mountain Club in Waterbury. This event was free thanks to our co-sponsors Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Denis, Ricker & Brown and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group.
Historian Reidun Nuquist, writes frequently on the history of the Long Trail. A Montpelier resident, she was a librarian at the Vermont Historical Society and the University of Vermont's Bailey/Howe Library.
2015 - "Do We Still Need Women's History?"
Moderated by Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, our panel of esteemed historians and thinkers considered the questions facing women's history in the 21st century. Do we still need to separate out women's stories? Does it help or harm women when their history is told separately? Is there a trend away from studying women's history as a separate topic? How can the context of women's history help inform the world today?
Panelists included Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Vermont, Dr. Marilyn Blackwell, independent historian, and Holly Allen, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College.
This program was free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship from Northfield Savings Bank,Savings Bank, Clute Wealth Management, KeyBank, Vermont Commission on Women, and co-sponsor Cabot Creamery Cooperative.
2013 "Vermont Women in Journalism"
The Vermont Historical Society partnered with the Vermont Commission on Women tol celebrate "Vermont Women in Journalism" as part of our annual event focused on women's history. A remarkable panel of women offer per spectives on the progress and challenges of women journalists in Vermont across all types of media and walks of life.
Thanks to our sponsors KeyBank, Northfield Savings Bank, Clute Wealth Management, WCAX-TV, Vermont Commission on Women, Burlington Free Press, Vermont Association of Broadcasters, Vermont Public Television, Cabot Creamery, and co-sponsor Black River Design.
ORCA Media, Montpelier area's community access television station, filmed the event and you can view the video online. Vermont Public Radio ran a commentary series in conjunction with the women's history month theme, spearheaded by historian and writer Cyndy Bittinger.
The Deborah Pickman Clifford Legacy Fund
In memory of her devotion and contributions to Vermont history and to the special role of women in forging that history, this fund is dedicated to sustaining the mission of the Vermont Historical Society, and each year will also underwrite collections, programs or services specific to Vermont women's history.