Vermont Archives Month 2018
Spirits in the Archives
Vermont Archives Month takes place annually in October within the context of American Archives Month—a collaborative effort by archival organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of archives. In collaboration with other institutions, VHRAB co-sponsors a number of Archives Month events each year. To see what events are happening around the state or to submit information about your own event, please check out the website for Vermont Archives Month.
Thursday, October 11 at VSARA, 1078 US RTE 2, Middlesex
Raising Spirits: Spooky Stories from Vermont Public Records
In honor of American Archives Month, the Vermont State Archives & Records Administration invites the public to join them in raising spirits from Vermont Public Records. At this open-house event, Archivists will guide the public on an historical ghost tour through the vaults where you can expect to meet with spectres from Vermont history whose stories have been captured in public records.
This event is full. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If space becomes available, you'll be notified the week before the event.
Thursday, October 25, 6:00 to 8 PM at VSARA, 1078 US RTE 2, Middlesex
Murder and Indigenous Mobility in Nineteenth-Century Vermont
Vermont is the traditional homeland of the Abenaki people, and current conversations about indigenous Vermont focus on Abenaki persistence on the land. This presentation by cultural historian Jill Mudgett tells another story about indigeneity in Vermont by focusing on a man from southern New England who arrived in Vermont during the late nineteenth century and was then murdered in the Vermont woods. Surviving archival documents of the murder and subsequent trial not only tell us what white Vermonters thought about indigeneity, but reveal much about Native agency, mobility, and presence on the land. Even today the murder scene remains as remote as it was a century and a half ago. In considering natural environments like those woods, environmental histories help us to honor life stories otherwise untold, populating our pasts with voices and characters who remain outside the archive walls. The environmental history of indigenous movement through spaces both marginal and central to settler communities enriches current conversations about New England homelands and hints at historical connections between Northeastern tribes.