The Vermont Historical Society has embarked on a two-year research project to collect, document, and share the history of Vermont in the 1970s.
Can you help us?
- share your story
- donate your photographs, papers, and objects
- follow project updates
- support the work of the project
The 1970s in Vermont were a time of radical change in culture, population, politics, and social life. An influx of young men and women who wanted to build a better life made Vermont an epicenter of communal living as they experimented with local, organic food systems and progressive politics.
Several of the state's colleges also fostered social and community engagement, and young people who came for education stayed and made a lasting impact on the state's history. 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 of recent history.
How can you help?
We are gathering information for a two-year project about the history of this movement which played a key role in shaping present-day Vermont. We will conduct community conversations with Vermonters who were here in the 1970s or were influenced by that time.
Spring 2016 Programs were held all over the state!
April 13 – Brattleboro
Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room
224 Main Street, Brattleboro
April 20 – St. Johnsbury
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main Street
April 27 – Burlington
Fletcher Free Library
235 College Street, Burlington
May 4 – North Bennington
Park McCullough House
1 Park Street, North Bennington
If you were here in the 1970s, whether you considered yourself part of the counterculture movement or not, please take our survey!
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The artwork shown here is from a handmade magazine entitled Greenfeel. It was a combination of stories, poems, and drawings from 1970. There's even an ad for the Greenfeel Commune seeking members!
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant #MA-10-14-0279-14).
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.