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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.

August 16 • VHS Closed for Bennington Battle Day State Holiday

VHS will be closed on Thursday, August 16 in observance of the Bennington Battle Day State Holiday. The Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and the Vermont History Center and Leahy Library in Barre will be closed.

August 18 • Mt. Philo Guided Hikes & Book Launch

Saturday, August 18 • 9:00 am & 12:30 pm hikes, reception at 3:00 pm 
Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte, VT

Celebrate VHS' new publication The Secrets of Mount Philo: A Guide to the History of Vermont's First State Park by Judy Chaves during a guided history hike with the author, or join us at the summit lodge for a book signing & reception. Pre-registration required for hikes (Click Here). Hikes & reception are FREE, park day use fees may apply.

August 18 • Old Timers Night at Bear Ridge Speedway

Saturday, August 18 • 6:00 pm
Bear Ridge Speedway, Bradford, VT

The VHS will be onsite at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford for a night of racing featuring the New England Antique Racers. Check out our tent for information on our exhibit Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont and try your hand at some auto racing trivia for prizes.

September 8 • Special Hours at the History Center

Saturday, September 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.

September 12 & 13 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont's Environment

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

Explore how Vermonters have used environmental resources and changed the landscape throughout 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.

September 20 • Third Thursday: Archaeology Month

Thursday, September 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.

Geospatial Technology and New Insights into the Archaeology of Mount Independence 
John Crock, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the UVM Consulting Archaeology Program 

Mount Independence is one of the largest and best preserved Revolutionary War sites in America. John Crock, from the University of Vermont, will share the results of new archaeological work at the historic site, and explain how new technology is leading to new discoveries. 

Location Details: Coming soon.

October 6 • 180th VHS Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 6 • 8:30 to 11:30 am 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Join us to kick off our 180th year with presentations, awards, official business, and more. Details available here

October 10 & 11 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Architecture

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

Take a walking tour of Montpelier to see how architectural styles have changed over time and understand why buildings look the way they do.

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.

October 16 • Sam Hand Lecture: The Meanings of Freedom: Vermont’s Struggle For and Against Democracy, 1770s-1820s  

Tuesday, October 16 • 7:00 pm 
Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont

Our annual lecture series honoring the memory of historian Samuel B. Hand, in partnership with the Center for Research on Vermont.

The Meanings of Freedom: Vermont’s Struggle For and Against Democracy, 1770s-1820s  
Kari Winter, University at Buffalo 

Though adult slavery was outlawed in Vermont in its 1777 constitution, African-Americans in the fourteenth state have had a long journey toward the “equal protection under the law” promised in the fourteenth amendment. Their complicated participation in social, political, and cultural life reflects the national paradox between freedom and slavery. Drawing on newly discovered archival materials, Winter’s talk will focus on differing positions about politics and religion articulated by two antislavery African American figures in early Vermont---Lemuel Haynes and Jeffrey Brace---examining their stories in conversation with each other and within the broader themes of freedom, democracy, and equality. 

Kari Winter is a Professor of American Studies in the Department of Global Gender Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century American culture, particularly the history and literature of transatlantic slavery and resistance. 

Location Details: The Waterman Building is located at 85 S. Prospect St in Burlington. Parking is available in the visitor's lot around the corner on College St. Memorial Lounge is located just inside the main entrance. 

October 18 • Third Thursday: Secrets of Mount Philo

Thursday, October 18 • 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.

Secrets of Mount Philo: the landscape history of Vermont in miniature 
Judy Chaves, author and historian 

Mount Philo State Park is Vermont's oldest state park, and one of its most popular.  Over 70,000 visitors ascend its wooded slopes each year to take in its spectacular views. What many don't realize is that the mountain's history is every bit as remarkable as its natural beauty: It is the landscape history of Vermont (and much of the Northeast) in miniature. "Sheep fever," deforestation and reforestation, early Vermont tourism, the American conservation and parks movements--are all in evidence on the mountain, if you know where to look.  Join guidebook author Judy Chaves on a "virtual" tour of the mountain and discover, through then-and-now photos, historic maps, and even a bit of poetry, what historic gems lie hidden--within plain sight--in the park, and what they have to teach us about the landscape of Vermont.  

Location Details: Coming soon.

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

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.

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.

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 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.