The Vermont Historical Society Museum preserves the past for use by present and future generations. It collects artifacts dating from the pre-contact period to the present for interpretation and research. Using these artifacts, items from the Society’s library, and materials loaned by individuals and institutions, it presents an exhibition on the first floor of the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. For those who are unable to visit the museum or those who want to explore Vermont history from the comfort of their homes, we have created a series of online exhibits.
Explore the VHS Online Exhibits
Click the links below, or use the Museum–Online Exhibitions drop down menu found at the top of the screen, to browse the Vermont History Museum's online exhibits.
Our signature exhibit explores three themes: Who are Vermonters? What is wise use of the land? How do we foster a democratic society?
This exhibit shows the history of the game as it evolved over time and tells the stories of the teams at the local, college, and professional level and of the fans and the communities that supported them.
This exhibition takes a look at the buildings that stood next to and in front of the State House in the period before the dome was gilded, 1859-1907.
Featuring works from the late 18th to the mid-20th centuries, the exhibit includes oil paintings, silhouettes, early photographs, a marble bust and more.
Harold Rugg was a Vermonter, scholar and world traveler. When he died in 1957, he bequeathed his extensive and significant collection of Vermontiana to the Vermont Historical Society.
Dating from the early 1800s to the 1990s, these signs convey a multitude of messages.
An online sampling of the vast collection of quilts at the Vermont Historical Society.
Other VHS Online Exhibits
The Leahy Library of the Vermont Historical Society is located in the old Spaulding School in Barre and houses a vast collection of photographs, postcards, maps, broadsides, and videos. Some of this collection, which provides a visual record of the state's past, has been made accessable online. Please click a link to visit our online Image Collection and Moving Images Collection; you can also use the Library drop down menu found at the top of the screen.