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Community Engagement with Collections Workshop

Cataloging 101

November 1, 2023
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Our collections have stories to tell and ways in which we can engage with them beyond exhibits. In this workshop, we’ll explore how you can take your collections out of storage and into active use to engage and educate the public. You’ll learn about potential ideas for creative partnerships, ways to identify and cater to different audiences, and strategies for getting collections out in the media. In the afternoon you’ll have a chance to work on practical collections projects via storytelling, video, and educational hands-on activities.


  • 9:00AM-9:30AM: Welcome, Introductions, Framework
  • 9:30AM-12:00PM: Ideas & Opportunities for Community Engagement
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM: Lunch
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM: Writing & Storytelling for Collections
  • 2:00PM-4:00PM: Hands-On Activities (Choose one track):
    • Track 1: Collections Videos & Media
    • Track 2: Using Objects in Education

The workshop is $10 for VHS members, $25 for non-members. Includes light refreshments.

Registrants are encouraged to bring items from their collections (small, in good condition) and/or pictures & information on items in their collections for working with during hands-on portions of the program.

Please contact Eileen at with questions. 

Register here

About the Presenters

  • Miriam Block, Executive Director, Heritage Winooski Mill Museum
  • Sarah Rooker, Executive Director, Norwich Historical Society
  • Teresa Greene, Collections Manager, VHS
  • Amanda Gustin, Director of Collections & Access, VHS
  • Andrew Liptak, PR & Sales Coordinator, VHS
  • Meg Mallory, Outreach Educator, VHS
  • Eileen Corcoran, Director of Service & Outreach, VHS

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