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.
Between the Lines: Vermont Celebrates Archives Month 2017
Vermont historical records often serve as the source of inspiration for authors. Be inspired to do your own research into Vermont records this fall by attending one -- or all -- of our author presentations!
Tuesday, October 3rd, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at VSARA, 1078 US RTE 2, Middlesex
VSARA Open House followed by "The Archival Mirror: Reflections on Race and Ethnicity in Vermont," presented by Gregory Sanford
Through the use of archival records, retired Vermont State Archivist Gregory Sanford explores how Vermont and Vermonters have wrestled with issues around racial and ethnic identity in one of the least diverse states in America. An open house and tours of the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration will precede the program, beginning at 5 pm. Sanford’s presentation is scheduled for 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 11th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at VSARA, 1078 US RTE 2, Middlesex
VSARA Open House followed by "Lawyers, Opium and Rails: Exploring Vermont’s Early Courts, Drug Abuse and Railroad," presented by Gary Shattuck
As Vermont struggles with today’s opiate epidemic, historian and author Gary Shattuck provides historical context around opium use and abuse in Vermont in the 19th century, highlighting his use of archival materials in his research. An open house and tours of the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration will precede the program, beginning at 5 pm. Shattuck’s presentation is scheduled for 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30 PM, at Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St, Barre
"1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont Political and Cultural History," presented by Deborah Lee Luskin
In 1964, the Republican Party lost its tight-fisted grasp on Vermont politics, starting the swing of the political pendulum from Vermont as bastion of conservative republicanism to a state with a highly diversified political climate featuring progressive and even radical politics. Novelist Deborah Luskin, whose extensive research into the politics of mid-century Vermont was undertaken in the writing of ‘Into the Wilderness,’ a love story that takes place against the two major political events of that year, shows how the shift is more complex and more nuanced than mere politics. Event is co-sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
Wednesday, October 25th, 5:30 to 7 PM, at University of Vermont Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, 538 Main Street, Burlington
"The Cultural Transformation of Vermont in the 1930s: A Complex Web of Archival Sources," presented by Dona Brown
Dona Brown is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Vermont, where she teaches courses in United States cultural history, New England history, and Vermont history. She has published books and articles on the history of tourism, regionalism and American back-to-the-land movements, including Back to the Land: The Enduring Dream of Self-Sufficiency in Modern America (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011).