109 State Street
Pavilion Building (next to the State House), Montpelier, VT
Freedom & Unity
Our museum's core exhibit, "Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories," opened in March 2004 and won a national award. The multimedia exhibit, which represents Vermont's history from 1600 to the present, fills 5,000 square feet in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. Visitors walk through time and experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station complete with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines. View the online introduction to the exhibit.
Educational groups are admitted free, and group tours can be arranged.
The museum shop offers some products from the Historical Society's online store—a wide variety of books, gifts, maps, and games—as well as Vermont Life products.
One admission fee gives access to both the Vermont History Museum and the Vermont Heritage Galleries. Adults: $5; families: $12; students, children, seniors: $3; members and children under 6: free.
One-Room Schoolhouse Exhibit
Few people have attended class in a one-room school. This exhibit offers a glimpse into a time when students of every age and grade—and their teacher—gathered in a single room to learn. With photographs by Diana Mara Henry and research and text by Margaret K. Nelson, this exhibit marks the end of an era.
Diana Mara Henry began her career in photojournalism at Radcliffe, as photoeditor of the Harvard Crimson from 1967 to 1969. She received Harvard's Ferguson History Prize in 1967. Since her first job at NBC News, she has specialized in interpreting social issues and cultural events. Accompanying Diana's move to Vermont, the Schoolhouse exhibit has been at the Memphremagog Artists Collaborative and the Vermont Folklife Center. The exhibit will be at the Vermont History Museum through the summer of 2014.
Margaret Nelson is the Hepburn Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College. She teaches courses in the fields of Sociology of Education, Poverty, and Sociology of the Family. Nelson has conducted research in the fields of Women and the Law, Childbirth, the History of Teaching, Family Strategies in Rural Areas, Caregiving, Single Mothers, and, most recently, Surveillance. Professor Nelson has been a member of the Sociology/Anthropology Department since 1975.
Walk through time and experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines.
The exhibit explores three themes: Who are Vermonters? What is wise use of the land? How do we foster a democratic society?
This is a permanent exhibit presented by the Vermont Historical Society at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, next to the State House.