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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 18 • Archives Month Program- 1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont’s Political (and Cultural) History

Archives Month Program: 1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont Political and Cultural History with Deborah Lee Luskin
Co-sponsored by the Vermont Historic Records Advisory Board and the Vermont Humanities Council
Wednesday, October 18 • 6:30 pm
Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St, Barre, VT

Our annual talk in conjunction with Vermont Archives Month.

In 1964, the Republican Party lost its tight-fisted grasp on Vermont politics, starting the swing of the political pendulum from Vermont as bastion of conservative republicanism to a state with a highly diversified political climate featuring progressive and even radical politics. Novelist Deborah Luskin, whose extensive research into the politics of mid-century Vermont was undertaken in the writing of ‘Into the Wilderness,’ a love story that takes place against the two major political events of that year, shows how the shift is more complex and more nuanced than mere politics.

October 19 • Third Thursday- Mystery Shipwreck of Basin Harbor

Thursday, October 19 • 12:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT

Our popular lunchtime lecture series moves to Burlington! Bring your lunch & join us to hear from archaeologist Jenny Craig, talking about on-going archaeological investigations surrounding a wooden shipwreck found in Basin Harbor near Vergennes and the shipping history of the harbor. Free & open to all. 

October 21 • T.W. Wood Exhibit Reception

Saturday, October 21 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Join us for a special reception for the exhibit Studies in Perfection: The Portrait Painting of Thomas Waterman Wood, curated by the T.W. Wood Gallery. Reception will feature light refreshments and gallery talks with the curator. Exhibit on view through November 11.

October 28 • LLHSM Annual Conference

Saturday, October 28 • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT

The 64th Annual Conference of the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums (LLHSM) is a great chance to network with peers, attend workshops and learn from colleagues in a relaxed setting. Full details here

November 8 & 9 • History for Homeschoolers: Vermont Government

Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Explore how Vermont's state government works and visit the Vermont State House. Part of the History for Homeschoolers series of classes for students ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

November 14 • Sam Hand Book Release

Book Release Party for Green Mountain Scholar: Samuel B. Hand, Dean of Vermont Historians
Tuesday, November 14 • 7:00 pm
Waterman Lounge, UVM, Burlington, VT

As a tribute to Dr. Samuel B. Hand, the Center for Research on Vermont will publish Green Mountain Scholar: Samuel B. Hand, Dean of Vermont Historians to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Dr. Hand’s first teaching a course on Vermont history at the University of Vermont. The book will include more than thirty articles written by Sam and his colleagues on important Vermont topics. Colleagues and friends will highlight aspects of the book and talk about Sam and Harriet. More here

November 16 • Third Thursday: UVM and Burlington Soldiers in WWI

Third Thursday Talk: UVM and Burlington Soldiers in WWI  with Brennan Gauthier 
Thursday, November 16 • 12:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St, Burlington, VT

We are expanding our Third Thursday lunchtime lectures to Burlington! Join us this fall for great programs. More details soon.

November 17 • 1950s Casino Night

Friday, November 17  •  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Test your luck and support the Vermont Historical Society at our first ever Casino Night! We’ll have blackjack, roulette, and more spread throughout the Vermont History Center. Collect your chips and swap them out for raffle tickets to win great prizes. Details & Tickets Here

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

Our lunchtime lecture series moves to Burlington! This month's program is about "Lilian Baker Carlisle, Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure" with Joanna Tebbs Young. More details soon.

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.

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.

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 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.