Gilded Age: Then and Now

This series starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues through the Gilded Age. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that spectacular time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own era.

Aiming High from the Start

Vermont Humanities was founded 45 years ago in 1974. We recently sat down with Victor R. Swenson, the organization’s first Executive Director, to hear his recollections of our early years.

Female Veterans Book Group Inspires Deployed Play

Valley News writer Nicola Smith attended two sessions of a Veterans Book Group for women. “I knew there were women in the military, but I hadn’t really met any or listened to them talk about their experiences,” said Smith, who lives in Tunbridge. “I thought the stories were so compelling that they would make a great theater piece.”

Before Your Time: The Power of the Press

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.

“Students learn more when they are engaged”

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.

Before Your Time: Built To Last

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.

Before Your Time: Tales Behind the Tombstones

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.