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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.

 

December 6 • The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont's Past

The Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont's Past
with Richard W. Brown
December 6 •  7:00 pm
Waterman Lounge, UVM, Burlington, VT

Richard W. Brown is considered one of America’s foremost photographers of rural life and the New England landscape. For over 30 years he has searched with his camera for the unspoiled soul of this region. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Audubon, National Wildlife, Vermont Life, and The New York Times. More than 20 books of his photographs have been published world-wide.

“Mr Brown is my favorite upcountry artist with a camera. His photographs have such a crisp luminosity I think I would recognize them anywhere. Uniquely, he captures the quality of northern light, whether it’s the beatification of a curly Dorset sheep or the stunning blow of sunlight hammering the east face of a snowed-in farmhouse. . .”
--- Maxine Kumin The New York Times

Co--sponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont, the Fleming Museum & the Department of History, University of Vermont.

December 7 • Coffee with the Curator

 

Thursday, December 7 • 2:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

VHS Members are invited to this special opportunity to learn more about the fun & fanciful objects in our collections. This month's program will focus on toys. Register here.

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December 9 • Special Exhibit Hours at the History Center

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

The History Center will be open special hours to help ensure everyone gets a chance to see our "Freaks, Radicals, & Hippies" exhibit before it closes on December 29. 

December 13 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont People

Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Learn about the lives of ordinary Vermonters over time. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

December 21 • Third Thursday- Lilian Baker Carlisle, Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure

Thursday, November 16 • 12:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT

Overlooking Lake Champlain in the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont, sits a house. Inside that house is a closet. Inside that closet, a lifetime. Piled from floor to ceiling, 80 years' worth of scrapbooks, dating from 1925 to 2006, are just one legacy of Burlington, Vermont, historian and writer Lilian Baker Carlisle. Assistant to Electra Havemeyer Webb of Shelburne Museum, author of "the most accurate and complete" book on early Vermont silver, a champion for equality and the environment, a politician and preservationist, she was a woman ahead of her time. Join author Joanna Tebbs Young for a look inside her story and the book it inspired. 

Free & open to everyone. Bring your lunch, coffee provided.

January 10 & 11 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Weather

Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Hope for snow to play a winter game and learn how weather has affected Vermonters in the past. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

 

January 15 • Still They Persisted: Immigrant & Community Solidarity in the 1912 Bread & Roses Strike

2018 MLK Day Annual Program: "Still They Persisted: Immigrant & Community Solidarity in the 1912 Bread & Roses Strike" with Robert Forrant 
Monday, January 15 • 2:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

VHS annually presents a program commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's talk by Robert Forrant, Distinguished History Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell will focus on issues related to immigration, worker's rights, and industrialization as seen in the 1912 "Bread & Roses" strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Co-sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. The History Center will also be open from 12:00-4:00pm that day to view exhibits, including the newly opened "Art of Granite" exhibit.

January 18 • Third Thursday: Family Humor

 

Third Thursday Talk: Family Humor with Dawn Andrews
Thursday, January 18 • 12:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Dawn Andrews’ grandfather Stanley Lyndes was a teacher, craftsman, storyteller, artist, hunter, and above all “noticer.” Some of his quirky, humorous and intriguing work is on display in the Local History Gallery in the exhibit “Family Traits: Art, Humor and Everyday Life.” Dawn will speak about family storytelling and humor in early 20th century central Vermont, and how family culture can persist through generations. Third Thursday talks are free & open to everyone. Bring your lunch, coffee & tea provided.

February 8 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Geography

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

Use maps to consider how Vermont's history was influenced by geography. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

February 10 • Vermont History Day Help and Research Day

Saturday, February 10 • 10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Students can get help with their projects for Vermont History Day. Research Vermont history topics at the library or consult with History Day experts. Pre-registration is recommended. Contact victoria.hughes@vermonthistory.org or (802) 828-1413.

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.

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.

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.

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.