Past Exhibits at the Museum

Sports in VermontSports in Vermont
May to November 2019
Calder Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
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Vermonters are active and athletic, and find ways to enjoy sports regardless of the weather. In the mountains and in the valleys, inside and out, over the decades the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat has been part of life in the Green Mountain State. Sports in Vermont explores the way Vermonters enjoy pastimes both competitively and for fun, in all four seasons.

Vermont Music Far and Wide
January to July 2019
Local History Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
Vermont’s music spans genres and generations and reminds us how creative and diverse we are as a people, past and the present. The volunteer-staffed nonprofit Big Heavy World has curated a colorful and interactive exhibit of eclectic artifacts that showcase Vermont music history from recent decades. ‘Vermont Music, Far & Wide’ reflects on how music is an art form, a catalyst for community-building, and also a contributor to the state’s economy.

Seeds of Renewal
October 2018 to May 2019
Calder Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
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The Seeds of Renewal exhibition was created in 2018 by the Vermont Historical Society in partnership with Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman, an Abenaki community member and retired professor and department chair of humanities at Johnson State College. The exhibit includes panels exploring Abenaki agricultural history and techniques, varieties of indigenous Abenaki plants, agricultural ceremony and harvest dinners, and cooking techniques. It also includes models of indigenous squash varieties, examples of different types of indigenous corn, and recipes. The exhibit aims to raise awareness of Abenaki agricultural history, cuisine, and ceremony, and how one can play an active role in Indigenous cultural awareness and revitalization.

exhibit in museum Brattleboro, the Defining Decades: 1870-1920
July 2018 to January 2019
Local History Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
Brattleboro’s central New England location has been attractive to people throughout history. And one particular period of time shaped the town rather dramatically. Brattleboro - The Defining Decades showcases Brattleboro from 1870-1920, when the Main Street we recognize today began to take form, industry and commerce expanded, and arts and culture began to flourish. Explore the growth of this southeastern Vermont town through maps, photos, and other items from the Brattleboro Historical Society collection.

Solzhenitsyn in Vermont
May 2018 to November 2018
Calder Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
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The Solzhenitsyn in Vermont exhibit celebrates the life and work of Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, particularly his time living in Cavendish, Vermont and its influence on his life and work. Telling the story through photographs, quotes, and family memories, the exhibit includes 5 main exhibit panels, along with 4 timeline panels noting important moments from Solzhenitsyn’s life.

Our Vanishing Landmarks: Chelsea and Beyond
January 2018 to July 2018
Local History Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
Photographs and pen & ink drawings tell the story of old wooden barns, farm buildings, and equipment from the Chelsea, VT area that are slowly disappearing from the landscape but were an essential part of existence and survival for the early farmers in the mountains of Vermont.

Everywhere a SignEverywhere a Sign
December 2017 to May 2018
Calder Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
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Signs are everywhere. They inform, educate and promote. Over time, many signs become a part of their communities. They are a way to orient visitors or a source of shared memory.  The Vermont Historical Society’s travelling exhibit “Everywhere a Sign” examines the distinct and diverse roles signs play in our everyday. Through images and text, you can explore the progression from colonial-era signs that utilized symbols as a common language, to the digital signs of today that can change their message every minute. The diversity, artistry and impact of signs on our everyday lives are immeasurable. What sign will you notice next?

Family Traits
November 2017 to January 2018
Local History Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
“Family Traits,” created by the Vermont Folklife Center, tells the story of Stanley Lyndes and the impact he had on his family and the collective memories they share. Stanley channeled his noticing into the making of things, and over time these objects became touchstones for the generations of his family that have followed him, revered as both treasured artifact and the creative expression of a common past.

Studies in Perfection: The Portrait Painting of Thomas Waterman Wood
August 2017 to November 2017
Local History Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
Exploring some of the portrait work by renowned Montpelier painter T.W. Wood in an examination of his changing technique and talent, with a focus on comparing portraits of local Montpelier citizens with his master copies after Rembrandt and other European masters.

The Morgan Horse in Vermont
April 2017 to August 2017
Local History Gallery, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier
Exploring the Morgan Horse and its ties to Vermont, from the time of Justin Morgan and "Figure" the first Morgan Horse, to today.

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