You can discover Vermont's rich history as it relates to civil rights, diversity, the abolitionist movement and other social issues in the annual VHS program commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All are welcome. Please see below for a peek at program topics. we hope you'll join us next year for this special commemoration.
Monday, January 18, 2016: Finding Home: Vermont's Historic and Growing Diversity − Gregory Sharrow
The museum was open from 12:00 to 4:00 with free activities!
1:30 pm − Gregory Sharrow, Vermont Folklife Center Co-Director
Community conversation at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street, Montpelier
What does it mean to be a Vermonter? Finding Home: Vermont’s Historic and Growing Diversity was the topic at the Vermont Historical Society’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program.
Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau program, this illustrated lecture given by Vermont Folklife Center Co-Director Gregory Sharrow, explored the vital cultures of Vermont’s immigrant communities, both historic and new, and highlights foodways, religious culture, and traditional arts in our state’s evolving cultural landscape.
This event was free of charge on January 18, 2016 at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street in Montpelier thanks to our co-sponsors Rubin, Kidney, Myer & Vincent. The museum was be open free to the public from 12:00 to 4:00 pm with activities for sharing through writing or drawing—for young and old—about what it means to be a Vermonter. Greg Sharrow spoke about Finding Home at 1:30 pm, followed by a lively community conversation.
MLK Day programs at the Vermont Historical Society
Since 1986 and the first federal Martin Luther Day King Jr. Day, the Vermont Historical Society has been sponsoring programs that highlight civil rights in Vermont. Here are a few posters from past events and a complete list of the programs we have sponsored.
- 2015: Liberty's First Crisis
- 2014: The Problem of Slavery
Harvey Amani Whitfield
- 2013: Journey's End: Destination of a Dream
- 2012: Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh 1790-1890
- 2011: Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
Gaandi, Somalia; Htar Htar Yu, Burma; Pierre Mujomba, Democratic Republic of Congo
- 2010: No Irish Need Apply: Attitudes toward Irish Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Vermont
- 2009: Brothers and Sisters in Selma: Vermont Catholic Activism in the Civil Right Movement
Saint Michael's College Students
- 2008:An Evening Conversation with Margaret Lucenti (History of the Vermont Human Rights Commission)
- 2007: Vermont in Mississippi Project
Claire Parkinson, Paul & Sonya Hackel, Tyler Resch
- 2006: Africans in Early Vermont: The Story of Jeffrey Brace
- 2005: Vermont Activists in the Civil Rights Movement: Recollections and Reflections
Paij Wadley-Bailey, Irving Adler, Liz Blum
- 2004: Remembering the Struggle
Chet Briggs, Stephen Green, Penny Patch
- 2003: In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gretchen Sullivan Soren
- 2001: In the Shadows of the Statue of Liberty: Hidden Aspects of American History
- 2000: A Quiet Presence: Celebrating Franco-Americans in Vermont
Kim Chase, Michele & Fabio Choiniere
- 1999: William Clarence Matthews, A Baseball Pioneer
- 1998: Film: "A Stranger in the Kingdom."
- 1997: Racism in Vermont: A Microcosm of the United States
- 1996: Melissa Fay Greene, author of "Praying for Sheetrock"
Melissa Fay Greene
- 1995: Highlander, Martin Luther King Jr., and Promises to Keep
- 1994: Let Us March On!
Ernest C. Withers
- 1993: Beyond the Crossroads: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the American Dilemma
- 1992: Breaking Barriers: A Celebration of the U.S. Bill of Rights Bicentennial
Carl T. Rowan
- 1990: Film: "Martin Luther King, Jr.: Doubts and Certainties."
- 1989: Vermont-New York Youth Project
Madeleine Kunin, Philip Hoff, Karen Lane
Films: "The First Step" and "We Are Not Afraid"
- 1988: A Program on Civil Rights in Vermont
Madeleine Kunin, Philip Hoff, Members of the Vt. Advisory Committee of the United States Civil Rights Commission
- 1987: Sanctuary in Vermont
- 1986: Program to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edward Fitzsimons, Francis K. Brooks, Philip Hoff, Madeleine Kunin