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We present a variety of programs and events throughout the year for history enthusiasts of all ages- both on-site and around the state.  Check back often for new events & updated details.

February 17 • Green Mountain College National History Day Student Work Day

Saturday, February 17 • 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm
Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT

Join NHD experts and pre-service teachers for the second annual GMC NHD Student Work Day. Students can get help with research and feedback on projects. Meet at The Gorge, Withey Student Center. Pre-register by February 10 using this form. For more information, contact Violet Neff at neffv@greenmtn.edu or (617) 620-7142.  

February 21 • Farmers Night Concert: Vermont Headstones

Farmers Night Concert: Vermont Headstones
Wednesday, February 21 • 7:30 pm
Vermont State House, Montpelier, VT

Join VHS for our annual sponsored performance as part of the State House's Farmers Night series.

Vermont Headstones is a cycle of 12 songs for baritone, oboe and viola that uses poetic inscriptions from historic Vermont cemeteries for the lyrics which poignantly brings to life quiet moments from Vermont’s history.The work celebrates the contributions of early Vermont farmers, settlers, soldiers,sailors and others to the rich tapestry that is Vermont. The Program consists of 12 songs (about 35 minutes of music ). The composer will be present to give a few comments and answer any questions about the work.

Composer: Stanley Charkey

Musicians: Anya Shemetyeva on viola, Mary Cicconetti on oboe, and Donald Wilkinson sings Baritone

March 8 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Businesses

Thursday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 14 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Examine historic artifacts and documents to learn about the history of businesses in Vermont. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

March 15 • Third Thursday Talk

Third Thursday Talk
Thursday, March 15 • 12:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Our monthly Third Thursday talks are free & open to everyone. Bring your lunch, coffee & tea provided. More details on this program soon.

April 6 • Digitizing Documents & Photographs Workshop

Digitizing Documents & Photographs
Friday, April 6 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Presented by NEDCC in partnership with the Vermont Historical Society

At this workshop, suitable for anyone looking to digitize historic materials, participants will learn about key concepts in digitization, tools & equipment to use, and digital preservation. In the afternoon, you will gain a deeper understanding of digitization options for historic materials through discussion and hands-on practice with three digitization set-ups representing different approaches, outcomes and costs. The relative merits and drawbacks of each approach will be discussed.

Fee: $35 VHS Members/ $55 Non-Members
Lunch: additional $9

Registration open soon!

About the Presenter:

Sean Ferguson joined NEDCC in 2017 as a Preservation Specialist. Sean has assisted the Mary Baker Eddy Library in preserving its collection of audiovisual materials; served as a Web, Archives, and Digital Asset Management Intern for the Boston Ballet; interned on archival projects for Historic New England; and volunteered at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, processing donated books and rehousing rare books. Sean earned a BA in History at Vassar College and an MLIS from Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.

April 7 • Vermont History Day State Contest

Saturday, April 7 • 8:30 am — 5:00 pm
Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive, Montpelier, VT

Students present their projects to the judges at Vermont History Day. Pre-registration is required for both students and judges. See the tentative schedule for more details.

April 11 & 12 • History for Homeschoolers: Preserving Vermont's History

Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Learn how the stories of Vermont's past are saved and shared. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

April 19 • Third Thursday Talk: The Hurricane of 1938 with Stephen Long

Third Thursday Talk
Thursday, April 19 • 12:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

The hurricane that pummeled the northeastern United States on September 21, 1938, was New England’s most damaging weather event ever. Author Stephen Long will discuss how the hurricane of ’38 transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later. Our monthly Third Thursday talks are free & open to everyone. Bring your lunch, coffee & tea provided. 

April 28 • Exhibit Opening: Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont

Saturday, April 28 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Start your engines! It's opening day for our feature exhibit which will explore over 100 years of auto racing history all over Vermont- from dirt tracks to hill climbs to NASCAR. More details coming soon!

May 9 & 10 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Then and Now

Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Explore continuity and change throughout Vermont's history. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

May 17 • Third Thursday Talk: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with Kevin McKenna

Third Thursday Talk
Thursday, May 17 • 12:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

On the year of what would have been his 100th birthday, UVM professor Kevin McKenna will talk about the influential Russian author Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and his time living and writing in Vermont. Our monthly Third Thursday talks are free & open to everyone. Bring your lunch, coffee & tea provided. More details on this program soon.

The Children’s Crusade: How Patrick Leahy's 1974 election changed modern campaigns in Vermont

In this talk, Phil Baruth focuses on Patrick Leahy’s stunning underdog election to the Senate in 1974. It is a story that no one has told in any real detail, but it is in essence the story of Vermont’s entry into the postmodern campaign era.