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Vermont Historical Society

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60 Washington Street Barre VT 05641 USA


The vhs is committed to preserving the rich heritage and traditions of the state - on a statewide level and in communities through vermont. Through the collection and preservation of information, artifacts, documents and other historical materials, we provide tangible evidence of the past, linking us with our predecessors and telling the stories of vermonters who came before us.


The education/interpretation program provides materials to vermont schools for teaching students vermont history. Materials include artifact kits, curriculum guides, a time line, and a lending library of books related to vermont history. Tours of the museum are conducted for students visiting the museum. Several public programs and seminars are conducted each year to educate the public about vermont's past and its people and the preservation of history. The society publishes and sells a scholarly journal and periodic books on aspects of vermont history.

the museum collects items made in vermont or by vermonters or those with a long history of use by the people living here. The society preserves these collections for future generations. The information contained in the collections is disseminated through long-term and temporary exhibits to educate vermonters and visitors about the history of the state of vermont. The museum collections are also made available for research. Museum personnel provide technical assistance to other organizations and individuals regarding the care of collections, exhibit installation, and identification of objects and speaking to local groups on vermont history.

the library collects vermont books, manuscripts, maps, broadsides, photographs, and ephemera. It also contains a genealogical collection relating to vermont and new england families as well as local history for other new england states, new york state and lower canada. The library collections are preserved for future generations and are made available to the public for research. The library personnel provide professional, and special interest groups on genealogical, bibliographical, and historical topics.

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