The 1970s in Vermont were a time of radical change. Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont–its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture–have their origins in this period. Explore the results of our multi-year research project focused on this influential decade in Vermont.


Exhibit Closed!  in the Vermont History Center, Barre, VT
From communes to organic agriculture, progressive politics to healthcare reform, alternative energy to women’s and gay rights, no aspect of Vermont life remained the same after the dramatic changes that occurred during the 1970s. This dynamic and thoughtful exhibit offered a look back into this influential time in Vermont’s recent past.

Highlights of the exhibition (September 2016-December 2017) included a Geodesic Dome, Video and Listening Stations showcasing stories and images from the era, and a ‘Peace Hand’ Puppet from Bread & Puppet Theater. 

Find oral histories, photographs, and other select resources from the exhibit on

Any questions about the project, contact Amanda Gustin, or (802) 828-2180