Mission & Strategic Plan

The Vermont Historical Society engages both Vermonters and "Vermonters at heart" in the exploration of our state's rich heritage. Our purpose is to reach a broad audience through our outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. We believe that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities.

View the VHS Strategic Plan here.

The Vermont Historical Society is…

  • the only museum in Vermont where visitors experience the entire breadth of Vermont's history from the time of the Abenaki to the beginning of the 21st century; at the Pavilion Building in downtown Montpelier.
  • the finest genealogical research library in the state, located at the Vermont History Center in Barre.
  • centuries of Vermont-related collections, including the document that admitted Vermont to the Union (signed by Thomas Jefferson), a Revolutionary War atlas of Lake Champlain and even the shoe buckles worn by Ethan Allen!
  • a resource for Vermont's 100,000 schoolchildren and their teachers.
  • the home of the Vermont Women's History Project.
  • the publisher of books and a journal about Vermont history.

Since the Vermont Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Our Federal EIN number is 03-0179602.

Vision statement

Through its rich collections, dynamic programming, effective outreach and resolute leadership, the Vermont Historical Society preserves the past, informs the present and promotes Vermont's shared legacy for future generations.

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