The Vermont Historical Society is committed to being the statewide leader in publishing about Vermont history. To that end, the Society publishes a scholarly journal, Vermont History, and occasional books. Books published by the VHS can be ordered from the online store or purchased at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. A limited selection of books is also available at the Book Nook at the Vermont History Center in Barre.
Vermont History journal
Our journal, Vermont History, is sent to members and subscribers and can be read online on this website six months after publication.
Journal submission guidelines
Vermont History is published twice a year by the Vermont Historical Society. The journal publishes new research and scholarship in most aspects of Vermont state and local history. The journal welcomes articles on a wide range of topics and on all time periods in Vermont's past.
- Whenever possible, articles should be based on heretofore unpublished documentary or other primary source material.
- We also publish significant new interpretations of events, ideas, individuals, and historical material directly related to Vermont's history.
- We run two occasional sections: "In Their Words," which presents historical documents, edited with a brief introduction; and "Vermont Archives and Manuscripts," reports from repositories on collections or record series of broad interest to our readers.
- We do not normally publish articles on genealogy, memoirs, or notes.
- We do not normally publish articles that have previously appeared in print in books, other journals, newspapers, newsletters, local society publications, or other formats that allow for wide distribution.
- We encourage submission of appropriate illustrations to accompany articles.
We ask that you submit two double-spaced hard copies of your manuscript to:
Editor, Vermont History
Vermont Historical Society
60 Washington Street
Barre, VT 05641-4209
Article lengths vary widely, but manuscripts may be up to 30pages, not including notes. We generally follow The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) and Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary in matters of styling and spelling.
- Please submit electronic files in MS-Word or RTF formats.
- When you send us a revised version of your manuscript, after our preliminary edit, please include the original, marked-up hard copy as well. We will also need three to four lines of biographical material for our "About the Contributors" page.
- Use capitals and lower case for the article title; use all capitals for your byline and subheads.
- Do not add extra spaces between paragraphs, between notes, or to set off extracts. Do not center text or justify margins. In general, keep all formatting to a minimum.
- Use two hyphens for a dash, with no space before, between, or after the hyphens.
- Add spaces between ellipsis dots (. . . rather than …). If your omission occurs after a complete sentence, you will, of course, have four periods. Do not use ellipses to introduce or end quotes. Quotations that take up more than eight lines typed the full width of the page should be indented as extracts. Shorter quotations should be run into the text.
- Use the U.S. style (July 4, 1776) for dates in the text, but the European style (4 July 1776) in citations of letters and newspapers.
- Capitalization seems to cause quite a bit of confusion. We prefer what is sometimes called a down style; we tend to lowercase more than we capitalize. When in doubt, please refer to chapter 7 of The Chicago Manual (or leave the decisions to us).
- Group all notes at the close of your manuscript-not at the bottom of pages-and title the entire section "NOTES." Use superscript numbers, indenting each endnote as a paragraph. Be sure to include a full citation for the initial mention of a work; for subsequent citations, give the author's last name and short title, or "ibid.," as appropriate. We do not allow "op. cit." or "idem." Use full page spans (234-239 rather than 234-9), omitting "p." before page numbers. See the sample notes on the reverse.
1 Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972), 122.
2 Deborah P. Clifford, "Abby Hemenway's Road to Rome," Vermont History 63 (fall 1995): 207-208.
3 Ahlstrom, Religious History, 127.
4 Ibid., 128
5 Ernest Cassara, Hosea Ballou: The Challenge to Orthodoxy (1961; reprint, Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1982).
The Society will consider any book proposal or manuscript that addresses a significant topic in Vermont history. VHS is interested in publishing books for a general audience as well as books written for specific audiences, including students and scholars. VHS is also interested in the possibilities of electronic, web-based publishing. For more information or to submit a book proposal or manuscript, please contact:
Publishing Program Director
Newest title from the Vermont Historical Society: Seven Years of Grace
Seven Years of Grace: The Inspired Mission of Achsa W. Sprague by Sara Rath
Spiritualism, trances, love affairs!
Our first historical novel! Seven Years of Grace is a dramatized account of Achsa W. Sprague (1827–1862), who lectured for seven years on Spiritualism, the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, and prison reform. Grounded in the extensive collection of Sprague’s papers at the Vermont Historical Society, this fascinating tale includes trances, the brush of angel wings, and the love Achsa felt for a married man. You can purchase the book here or call our bookstore coordinator at (802) 828-1414.
Recent title: Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont
Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont by Robert A. Mello
In this full-length biography, Superior Court judge, Robert A. Mello restores Moses Robinson to his rightful place ac one of the most significan figures in the founding of Vermont. This book invokes new thoughts about Vermont's complicated beginnings.
You can purchase the book here or call our bookstore coordinator at (802) 828-1414.
Recent title: The Problem of Slavery
The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810, by Harvey Amani Whitfield
The Vermont Historical Society dares to ask: Did the 1777 Vermont Constitution really end slavery in Vermont?
Vermonters have always been proud that their state was the first to outlaw slavery in its constitution—but is that what really happened? We will publish a new book by Harvey Amani Whitfield that forces us to squarely consider the deepest questions about what freedom actually meant for African Americans in Vermont well into the nineteenth century.
The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810 will be enlightening to Vermont teachers and students, scholars of the early national and antebellum periods of U.S. history, and anyone interested in the history of Vermont.
Be sure to join us for the unveiling of this new book on February 6 at the Vermont History Museum from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Call Julie Nelson for more information at (802) 479-8519 or we will see you there!
Recent title: Uncommon Law
Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History, by Paul S. Gillies
During the early years, Vermonters had to chart their own course in matters of law. The 25 essays collected in this book examine the foundations of legal thought in Vermont—historical issues ranging from log drives to the keeping of sheep to blue laws, the state's legal luminaries, and contemporary issues including ancient roads and Act 250. Vermont attorney Paul Gillies has captured them all in this fascinating book.
For more information about the book, you can take a quick look here.