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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.

October 20 • Solzhenitsyn in Vermont Exhibit Closes

Saturday, October 20 • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Don't miss your last opportunity to see our special exhibit, Solzhenitsyn in Vermont, in the Calder Gallery. 

October 27 • LLHSM Annual Conference

Saturday, October 27 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Woodstock, VT

'History from A to (Generation) Z'
65th Annual Meeting of the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums
New audiences, new directions, old collections. Join colleagues from around the state for a day of networking and learning centered around navigating the practical aspects of running a historical society or museum. Explore ways to engage with the new generations of visitors, as well as the those next in line to take the helm at your local society. More details here

October 27 • Delayed opening at the Vermont History Museum

Saturday, October 27 • 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

The Vermont History Museum will open at noon instead of 10:00 am because of a planned electrical outage related to work on a transformer. We apologize for the inconvenience. If the weather is not conducive to the electrical work, the planned outage may be rescheduled.

November 6• Seeds of Renewal Exhibit Opens

Jackie Calder Gallery
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Stop by the History Museum to see our newest exhibit, Seeds of Renewal, which explores Wabanaki agricultral history, cuisine, and ceremony.  An opening celebration will be held Saturday, November 17. The exhibit is on view starting through April 2019. Funding for this project came from a 2018 Making of Nations Interpretive Theme Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. Support also provided by the Montpelier Community Fund. 

November 8 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Towns

Thursday, November 8 & Wednesday, November 14 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Investigate the history and economy of Vermont's towns, with a special focus on Brattleboro. (Note the classes are in different weeks this month.)

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

November 10 • Special Hours at the History Center

Saturday, November 10 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

The History Center will be open special hours on the Second Saturday of each month for the duration of our Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont exhibit.

November 15 • Third Thursday: Solzhenitsyn's Life in Cavendish

Thursday, November 15 • 12:00 pm 
University Heights South Rm. 133, University of Vermont, Burlington

Our Third Thursday lecture series moves to Burlington for the Fall! As always, bring your lunch & we'll bring basic refreshments.

"I Wrote and Waited": Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Life in Cavendish, VT
Margo Caulfield, Cavendish Historical Society, author of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Writer Who Changed History

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn was a Nobel Prize-winning Soviet dissident author who moved to Cavendish, VT, after his exile from the Soviet Union. He and his family became part of community life in the small town, which guarded his privacy fiercely. Margo Caulfield of the Cavendish Historical Society will share what his life was like and the impact he had on the community. She will also speak about the work being done to commemorate his life in his centennial year.

Directions to University Heights South, Rm 133

Room 133 is in University Heights South (2&3). Parking is available in the Visitor Parking lots alongside Gutterson Garage, as well as next to Jeffords Hall across Main St. Accessible parking spaces are available at the back of University Heights South 1. All visitor spaces are now pay by credit card or app only. No change or cash is accepted by the kiosks.

Gutterson Garage is located off of Spear Street. Turn onto PFG Road and go up the hill until you are level with the top of the garage, then turn right. The visitor spaces are immediately on your right along the edge of the top level of the garage.

To University Heights South from Gutterson Garage: Walk uphill toward Patrick Gym and cross over the traffic circle toward the tall brick and white dorms with the peaked roofs. University Heights South 2&3 is the second dorm building on your left. Walk in the front door (under the brick façade) and go upstairs to the landing and bear left toward the Multipurpose room.

UVM Campus Map

November 17 • Seeds of Renewal Exhibit Celebration

Saturday, November 17 • 1:00 to 3:00 pm 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Join us for the opening celebration for our newest exhibit, Seeds of Renewal, which explores Wabanaki agricultral history, cuisine, and ceremony.  Celebration details coming soon. The exhibit is on view starting November 6 through April 2019. Funding for this project came from a 2018 Making of Nations Interpretive Theme Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. Support also provided by the Montpelier Community Fund. 

December 5• Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 5 • 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

You are invited to a Holiday Open House Hosted by the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Department of Libraries. 
Stop by anytime between 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Enjoy an all access pass to the Department of Libraries ABLE Library, the Anything for Speed and Icons & Oddities Exhibits, as well as the Leahy Library! Festive snacks, cookies, desserts, and beverages will be provided.

December 8 • Special Hours at the History Center

Saturday, December 8 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

The History Center will be open special hours on the Second Saturday of each month for the duration of our Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont exhibit.

December 12 & 13 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Agriculture

Wednesday, December 12 & Thursday, December 13 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Explore the significance of agriculture on Vermont's image and history, with a special focus on the Seeds of Renewal exhibit.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

December 20 • Third Thursday: The Many Meanings of Maple

Thursday, December 20 • 12:00 pm 
University Heights South Rm. 133, University of Vermont, Burlington

Our Third Thursday lecture series moves to Burlington for the Fall! As always, bring your lunch & we'll bring basic refreshments.

The Many Meanings of Maple
Michael Lange, Champlain College

What is maple? Is it a flavor? A tree? A crop? A livelihood? A delicious breakfast accompaniment? All of the above? Michael Lange of Champlain College will explore all the many things that maple can and does mean in Vermont, and how those many meanings are woven tightly into the fabric of Vermont's own identity.

Directions to University Heights South, Rm 133

Room 133 is in University Heights South (2&3). Parking is available in the Visitor Parking lots alongside Gutterson Garage, as well as next to Jeffords Hall across Main St. Accessible parking spaces are available at the back of University Heights South 1. All visitor spaces are now pay by credit card or app only. No change or cash is accepted by the kiosks.

Gutterson Garage is located off of Spear Street. Turn onto PFG Road and go up the hill until you are level with the top of the garage, then turn right. The visitor spaces are immediately on your right along the edge of the garage.

To University Heights South from Gutterson Garage: Walk uphill toward Patrick Gym and cross over the traffic circle toward the tall brick and white dorms with the peaked roofs. University Heights South 2&3 is the second dorm building on your left. Walk in the front door (under the brick façade) and go upstairs to the landing and bear left toward the Multipurpose room.

UVM Campus Map

January 9 & 10 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Archives & Collections

Wednesday, January 9 & Thursday, January 10 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre,  VT

Meet at the Vermont History Center in Barre for a special visit to the Vermont Historical Society archives and collections. See how and where we store the documents and artifacts used in the classes.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

February 13 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Stories

Wednesday, February 13 & Thursday, February 14 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Explore stories from Vermont, including Abenaki stories, to learn more about the people who have lived on land that is now called Vermont.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

March 13 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Rocks

Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Vermont has three official state rocks. Learn about granite, marble and slate and the importance of these rocks in Vermont history.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

April 6 • Vermont History Day State Contest

Saturday, April 6 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Students in grades 5-12 present their history projects to judges at the annual Vermont History Day State Contest. See all the details, including registration deadlines for students and judges. See the preliminary schedule for the day.

Directions to the Davis Center at UVM

April 10 & 11 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Presidents from Vermont

Wednesday, April 10 & Thursday, April 11 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Learn about Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur, the two Vermonters who became President of the United States.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

May 8 & 9 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermonters

Wednesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 9 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Who is a Vermonter? Explore the lives of Vermonters and the movement of people around, to and from the state.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

 

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.