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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.

July 3 • Montpelier Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 3 • 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Party at the Pavilion once again for Montpelier's annual Independence Day celebration. The Museum will be open with Free Admission and patriotic crafts all day. Find gift shop and book bargains on the porch until 5:00 pm. 

July 9 • Community Conversations: 20th Century Development & Progress (Barre)

Tuesday, July 9 • 6:30 to 8:00 pm 
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Join fellow Vermonters in your community to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. The programs will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls , who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. In the book, he highlights the stories of different communities and their responses to difficult questions as part of his inquiry into how Vermont balanced competing visions for the state in the last century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?

Programs are free and open to everyone. For more information on the project, including how you can host your own community conversation, click here. 
A joint project of VHS and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Support provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University. 

July 12 • Local History Engagement Session: Jamaica

Friday, July 12 • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Jamaica Historical Foundation, Jamaica, VT

Join us at one of our Local History Engagement Sessions taking place over the summer and fall. We’ll come together to talk about the role local historical societies & museums play, common obstacles we face, and how we can work together to build a stronger history community statewide. More details here.  Support for this program provided by the Windham Foundation. 

July 13 • Vermont History Trivia

Saturday, July 13 • 1:00 to 2:30 pm 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Do you know about the unusual animal fossil discovered in Charlotte in 1849? What about how Vermont got its name? Are you looking to learn more about the history of our state? Put your knowledge to the test and learn some fascinating new history facts with an exciting afternoon of Vermont History Trivia!

This family-friendly event is open to individual players and teams, history buffs and novices alike! Two separate grand prizes will be awarded-- one for the highest scoring adults team and one for the highest scoring kids team. However, everyone who comes out to compete will go home with a participation prize!

Refreshments and check in will begin at 1:00, and the competition will begin after players have formed teams and a brief introduction at 1:20.

Trivia is free with the price of admission at the Vermont History Museum.  Program repeats on Saturday, August 10. We look forward to seeing you there!

July 18 • Community Conversations: 20th Century Development & Progress (St Johnsbury)

Thursday, July 18 • 7:00 to 8:30 pm 
St Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury, VT

Join fellow Vermonters in your community to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. The programs will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls , who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. In the book, he highlights the stories of different communities and their responses to difficult questions as part of his inquiry into how Vermont balanced competing visions for the state in the last century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?

Programs are free and open to everyone. For more information on the project, including how you can host your own community conversation, click here. 
A joint project of VHS and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Support provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University. 

July 24 • Local History Engagement Session: Barre

Wednesday, July 24 • 9:00 to 11:00 am 
Vermont History Center, Barre, VT

Join us at one of our Local History Engagement Sessions taking place over the summer and fall. We’ll come together to talk about the role local historical societies & museums play, common obstacles we face, and how we can work together to build a stronger history community statewide. More details here.  Support for this program provided by the Windham Foundation. 

July 25 • Community Conversations: 20th Century Development & Progress (St Albans)

Thursday, July 25 • 6:30 to 8:00 pm 
St Albans Free Library, St Albans, VT

Join fellow Vermonters in your community to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. The programs will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls , who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. In the book, he highlights the stories of different communities and their responses to difficult questions as part of his inquiry into how Vermont balanced competing visions for the state in the last century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?

Programs are free and open to everyone. For more information on the project, including how you can host your own community conversation, click here. 
A joint project of VHS and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Support provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University. 

August 2 • Local History Engagement Session: Old Stone House Museum

Friday, August 2 • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, VT

Join us at one of our Local History Engagement Sessions taking place over the summer and fall. We’ll come together to talk about the role local historical societies & museums play, common obstacles we face, and how we can work together to build a stronger history community statewide. More details here. Support for this program provided by the Windham Foundation. 

August 10 • Vermont History Trivia

Saturday, August 10 • 1:00 to 2:30 pm 
Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT

Do you know about the unusual animal fossil discovered in Charlotte in 1849? What about how Vermont got its name? Are you looking to learn more about the history of our state? Put your knowledge to the test and learn some fascinating new history facts with an exciting afternoon of Vermont History Trivia!

This family-friendly event is open to individual players and teams, history buffs and novices alike! Two separate grand prizes will be awarded-- one for the highest scoring adults team and one for the highest scoring kids team. However, everyone who comes out to compete will go home with a participation prize!

Refreshments and check in will begin at 1:00, and the competition will begin after players have formed teams and a brief introduction at 1:20.

Trivia is free with the price of admission at the Vermont History Museum.  We look forward to seeing you there!

August 23 • Local History Engagement Session: Manchester

Friday, August 23 • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Manchester Community Library, Manchester, VT

Join us at one of our Local History Engagement Sessions taking place over the summer and fall. We’ll come together to talk about the role local historical societies & museums play, common obstacles we face, and how we can work together to build a stronger history community statewide. More details here. Support for this program provided by the Windham Foundation. 

August 28 • Community Conversations: 20th Century Development & Progress (Bennington)

Wednesday, August 28 • 7:00 0 to 8:30 pm 
Bennington Free Library, Bennington, VT

Join fellow Vermonters in your community to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. The programs will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls , who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. In the book, he highlights the stories of different communities and their responses to difficult questions as part of his inquiry into how Vermont balanced competing visions for the state in the last century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?

Programs are free and open to everyone. For more information on the project, including how you can host your own community conversation, click here. 
A joint project of VHS and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Support provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University. 

September 6 • Local History Engagement Session: St Albans

Friday, September 6 • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Saint Albans Museum, St Albans, VT

Join us at one of our Local History Engagement Sessions taking place over the summer and fall. We’ll come together to talk about the role local historical societies & museums play, common obstacles we face, and how we can work together to build a stronger history community statewide. More details here. Support for this program provided by the Windham Foundation. 

September 17 • Community Conversations: 20th Century Development & Progress (Brattleboro)

Tuesday, September 17 • 6:30 to 8:00 pm 
Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT

Join fellow Vermonters in your community to learn about how the state has handled questions of development and progress in the past, and how we might use those lessons to discuss a path forward to the future. The programs will open with Northern Vermont University professor Paul Searls , who will review themes and events featured in his newly-published book Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. In the book, he highlights the stories of different communities and their responses to difficult questions as part of his inquiry into how Vermont balanced competing visions for the state in the last century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?

Programs are free and open to everyone. For more information on the project, including how you can host your own community conversation, click here. 
A joint project of VHS and the Vermont Department of Libraries. Support provided by the Vermont Humanities Council and Northern Vermont University. 

September 28 • Local History Engagement Session: Waterbury

Saturday, September 28 • 12:00 to 2:00 pm 
Waterbury Historical Society, Waterbury, VT

Join us at one of our Local History Engagement Sessions taking place over the summer and fall. We’ll come together to talk about the role local historical societies & museums play, common obstacles we face, and how we can work together to build a stronger history community statewide. More details here. Support for this program provided by the Windham Foundation. 

 

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.