Located in the beautiful historic Spaulding school building at 60 Washington Street in Barre. Galleries are generally open Monday–Friday 9:00am to 4:00 pm.
Freaks, Radicals and Hippies: Counterculture in 1970s Vermont
From communes to organic agriculture, progressive politics to healthcare reform, alternative energy to women’s and gay rights, no aspect of Vermont life remained the same after the dramatic changes that occurred during the 1970s. This dynamic and thoughtful exhibit offers a look back into this influential time in Vermont’s recent past. Contains Adult content. Open through December 2017. Click here for associated events & extended hours information.
The Emergence of the Granite City: Barre 1880 to 1940
From 1880 to 1940 Barre’s population increased from 2,206 to 11,855 and it became known as the granite center of the world. In addition to their diverse customs and languages, many of the new residents had political beliefs that contrasted with the native Vermonters. With immigrant populations from French-Canada, Scotland, Italy and many other European countries, Barre became a cosmopolitan city distinct from others in Vermont.
Icons, Oddities, and Wonders: Stories from the Vermont Historical Society’s Collections
Showcasing artifacts that represent the best, the worst, the weirdest, and sometimes the most wonderful stories of Vermont history. Currently including: Rare U.S. Tax Act Stamps from the 1790s, the sword of English poet Lord Byron acquired in the 1830s by Montpelier freedom fighter, abolitionist, and lawyer Jonathan Miller, and a world championship wrestling belt from the 1870s and 1880s won by Bakersfield’s John McMahon
Barre Firehouse Weathervane
The Barre firehouse weathervane graces the main lobby at the History Center. Designed especially for the 1904 fire station on South Main Street in Barre, the weathervane graced the top of the former firehouse for nearly a century.