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We present a variety of programs and events throughout the year for history enthusiasts of all ages- both on-site and around the state.  Check back often for new events & updated details.

December & January • Holiday Closings

Please note that VHS will be closed the following days/times:
December 17- Closing at Noon
December 24 & 25- Closed
December 31 & January 1- Closed

December 20 • Third Thursday: The Many Meanings of Maple

Thursday, December 20 • 12:00 pm 
University Heights South Rm. 133, University of Vermont, Burlington

Our Third Thursday lecture series moves to Burlington for the Fall! As always, bring your lunch & we'll bring basic refreshments.

The Many Meanings of Maple
Michael Lange, Champlain College

What is maple? Is it a flavor? A tree? A crop? A livelihood? A delicious breakfast accompaniment? All of the above? Michael Lange of Champlain College will explore what maple means in Vermont, and how those many meanings are woven tightly into the fabric of Vermont's own identity.

Directions to University Heights South, Rm 133

Room 133 is in University Heights South (2&3). Parking is available in the Visitor Parking lots alongside Gutterson Garage, as well as next to Jeffords Hall across Main St. Accessible parking spaces are available at the back of University Heights South 1. All visitor spaces are now pay by credit card or app only. No change or cash is accepted by the kiosks.

Gutterson Garage is located off of Spear Street. Turn onto PFG Road and go up the hill until you are level with the top of the garage, then turn right. The visitor spaces are immediately on your right along the edge of the garage.

To University Heights South from Gutterson Garage: Walk uphill toward Patrick Gym and cross over the traffic circle toward the tall brick and white dorms with the peaked roofs. University Heights South 2&3 is the second dorm building on your left. Walk in the front door (under the brick façade) and go upstairs to the landing and bear left toward the Multipurpose room.

UVM Campus Map

January 8 • IMLS Grant-Seeker Forum

Tuesday, January 8 • 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre,  VT

The Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS) recently announced a special initiative to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries and archives to serve their communities.  Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) invites applications that focus on the following topics: transforming school library practice, community memory, and digital inclusion. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,00 and no cost sharing is required. Local historical societies & archives can be involved in a partnership with a local library.  The deadline is February 25, 2019.

In-person grant seeker forums have been scheduled to help libraries and their prospective partners conceptualize projects, develop proposals, and navigate the federal funding labyrinth.  Some of the content will be relevant to grant writing in general but the focus will be on this specific opportunity.  Staff from the Department of Libraries, Vermont Historical Society, and Vermont Historical Records Program will walk you through the application process and will continue to offer support after the forum to those who decide to apply.

Current dates for sessions include:

  • January 8th Vermont History Center, Barre, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • January 25th St. Albans Free Library, 9:30 am -12:00 pm 
  • January 29th, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 
  • February 1st Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, 10:00 am -1:00 pm
  • February 4th, Manchester Community Library, 1:00-4:0o pm

The forums are free, but we ask that you register here: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/continuing_ed 

January 9 & 10 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Archives & Collections

Wednesday, January 9 & Thursday, January 10 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Center, Barre,  VT

Meet at the Vermont History Center in Barre for a special visit to the Vermont Historical Society archives and collections. See how and where we store the documents and artifacts used in the classes.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

January 17 • Third Thursday: Seeds of Renewal

Thursday, January 17 • 12:00 pm 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier

Seeds of Renewal
Fred M. Wiseman

Dr. Fred Wiseman, expert in Abenaki history and culture, will present his research into traditional native foodways and his project to continue those practices in the modern day. Dr. Wiseman’s talk coincides with the current exhibit in the Calder Gallery of the same name. As always, bring your lunch & we'll bring basic refreshments.

February 13 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Stories

Wednesday, February 13 & Thursday, February 14 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Explore stories from Vermont, including Abenaki stories, to learn more about the people who have lived on land that is now called Vermont.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

February 21• Third Thursday: Red Scare in the Green Mountains

Thursday, February 21 • 12:00 pm 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier

Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960
Rick Winston

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood, and New York City, there were several fascinating stories in the Green Mountains: a high-profile academic firing, a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, and some veteran newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.  

March 13 & 14 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermont Rocks

Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Vermont has three official state rocks. Learn about granite, marble and slate and the importance of these rocks in Vermont history.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

April 6 • Vermont History Day State Contest

Saturday, April 6 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Students in grades 5-12 present their history projects to judges at the annual Vermont History Day State Contest. See all the details, including registration deadlines for students and judges. See the preliminary schedule for the day.

Directions to the Davis Center at UVM

April 10 & 11 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Presidents from Vermont

Wednesday, April 10 & Thursday, April 11 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Learn about Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur, the two Vermonters who became President of the United States.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

May 8 & 9 • History for Homeschoolers: Spotlight on Vermonters

Wednesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 9 • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Who is a Vermonter? Explore the lives of Vermonters and the movement of people around, to and from the state.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. More details at History for Homeschoolers or contact education@vermonthistory.org or call (802) 828-1413.

 

The Children’s Crusade: How Patrick Leahy's 1974 election changed modern campaigns in Vermont

In this talk, Phil Baruth focuses on Patrick Leahy’s stunning underdog election to the Senate in 1974. It is a story that no one has told in any real detail, but it is in essence the story of Vermont’s entry into the postmodern campaign era.