About the Vermont Humanities CouncilBecause Ideas Matter
A massive wooden printing press made in the mid-17th century has a place of pride in the Vermont History Museum, and not just because it’s old. It represents both the history of written law in the state, and the crucial role that journalism—the press—plays in a democracy.
Morgan Moore, a humanities teacher at Burke Town School, received the 2018 Victor R. Swenson Award. Named after the Council’s first Executive Director, the award recognizes a Vermont educator who exemplifies excellence in the teaching of the humanities.
Seven projects received awards from the Vermont Humanities Council in the fall of 2018, including the Root Racial Justice Center’s Visible in Vermont exhibit.
Plenty of Vermont’s historic buildings are traditional homes, churches, and meeting houses. But as the state changed in the 20th century, its architecture did too. Now experts are looking more closely at buildings that look nothing like what came before.
People have raced cars in the Green Mountains since 1903. There were racetracks in every corner of the state: at fairgrounds, in farmers’ back fields, and finally at dozens of dedicated racetracks. Thousands of Vermonters have been drivers, mechanics, track officials, and spectators at those tracks over the past 115 years.
We wanted to share some inspiring stories from our programs in 2018. So we put together a short video recap of a great year.
In response to an increase in hate crimes in Vermont, over 80 cultural organizations in the state have signed a statement promoting inclusion, respect, and change in their communities.
More than 600 Vermonters died overseas fighting in World War I. But thousands more brought their unique experiences of battle back to their home state.
Many of Vermont’s cemeteries date back multiple centuries. They’re filled with worn-down stones that may only offer glimpses of the personal histories of the dead. But these cemeteries still hold lessons for the people who visit them today.
The Vermont Humanities Council has named Morgan Moore, a social studies teacher at Burke Town School, as its 2018 humanities educator of the year.
The Vermont Humanities Council invites you to its 45th annual Fall Conference to examine how Americans’ sense of optimism has changed during the nation’s history, and how people have responded to the good times and the bad.
Many Vermonters felt a sense of liberation during the nation’s first “bike boom” in the 1890s, when bikes became cheaper and easier to ride. Although the state’s early bike clubs were the province of elites, underrepresented groups soon took up the new technology.