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. The Vermont Historical Society embarked on a two-year research project to collect, document, and share the history of this influential decade in Vermont.
September 10, 2016: Montpelier, VT
Join us as we share some of the results from our two-year project focused on this decade and Vermont's place in a national context. Featuring keynote speaker Edward Berkowitz. VHS Business Meeting & election of trustees in the morning. More details coming soon.
Exhibit: Freaks, Radicals & Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont
Opening September 24 in the Vermont Heritage Center Galleries, Barre, VT
More details coming soon!
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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.