Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Vermont Historical Society Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
The Vermont Historical Society of the 21st century is driven by a commitment to the preservation of a collective history of the people of Vermont. We are guided by the belief that an inclusive perspective of the past must pursue historical truths, encompass multiple voices and lived experiences, and not ignore uncomfortable information that helps explain the Vermont of today.
Our pursuit of organizational diversity and inclusion begins with the recognition that our organization – like many in our field — is almost 200 years old and may have lacked a diversity of perspectives in the totality of its past scholarship. We therefore seek to openly identify and address these deficiencies in order to present a fair, honest, and balanced portrayal of the past.
Our goal is to have equity, diversity, and inclusion become increasingly present in our organizational structures, making these ideals more evident in our policies, board of directors, staff, donors, community partnerships, goals, mission, and vision. We continue to do our best to seek, engage, and employ people of all backgrounds and abilities as we foster a culture of respect, openness, learning, integrity, and honesty – especially in the face of the sometimes-difficult historic truths our organization must preserve and present.
Our passion for an inclusive interpretation of many historic truths compels us to be inclusive, transparent, and fair in all that we do. Our commitment to creating exhibitions, learning platforms, and public programs with a diversity of community partners compels us to build deep relationships where everyone at the table is valued, heard, respected, and empowered.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees on April 26, 2021.