Vermont Historical Society June 25th & 26th Expo
Every year in late June the Vermont Historical Society puts on an historical expostion of Vermont history at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in central Vermont. The Vermont History Expo for 2005 is being held on June 25th and 26th. About 10,00 visitors are expected to attend. The Vermont History Expo has been been every year for the past six years. Nearly two hundred local historical societies, museums, heritage attractions, historical re-enactors, traditional craft people, genealogical, preservation, and conservation organizations are collaboratting for this year's event.
Highlights of this year's expo
Highlights this year include a collaboration of five towns (Bristol, Lincoln, New Haven, Starksboro, and Monkton) to present "Notables Past and Present," a recognition of individuals who have contributed to the cultural heritage of the region.
Recommended Area Accommodations
The town of Lyndon takes a more contemporary approach, examining through photographs and oral histories the impact of "Exit 23: Interstate I-91 in the Northeast Kingdom." The Marshfield Historical Society draws on a recent survey of old barns to illustrate the role of these structures on their rural heritage.
Poultney displays the contents of a doctor's pharmaceutical bag as a means of showing what a "A 19th Century Visit to the Doctor" would have been like. Be prepared for a frightening experience!
Vermont historical groups are the backbone of the exposition
24 separate societies have joined forces to present "Vermont Structures," a comprehensive look at the covered bridges, town halls, school houses, homes, barns, and public buildings that comprise the human contribution to the state landscape. Plan to see everything from a tabletop model of a 1724 blockhouse in Fort Dummer, Vermont's first English Settlement (Brattleboro Historical Society), to a model of the Ethan Allen Tower that marks the 100th anniversary of Ethan Allen Park (Chittenden County Historical Society). You will be able to tour the entire state without leaving the Tunbridge Fair Grounds.
The Bread and Puppet Theater brings their giant puppets to the Fairgrounds on Saturday. They will appear in History-on-Parade, at 1:00 p.m., and give a special "Cardboard Celebration Circus" performance at 4:00 p.m.
The Log Cabin Museum, formerly accessible only during the Tunbridge Fair, is open to Expo attendees. In addition to the extensive collection of early Vermont artifacts, a dozen traditional craftspeople will offer demonstrations in the museum's room vignettes.
Tickets are $8.00
The Expo is a wonderful laid back affair and so typically Vermont. View a video made in QuickTime of the Expo made in 2003. Please note that you will need the QuickTime player to view this movie. A broadband connection is recommended.