Find your dis­tant rel­a­tives at the Ver­mont His­tory Expo!

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Tun­bridge, VT

The 2016 Ver­mont His­tory Expo fea­tures the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Leahy Li­brary and other ge­nealog­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions can help an­swer ques­tions about ge­neal­ogy and archival re­search in Flo­ral Hall on the Tun­bridge Fair­grounds June 18 and 19.

Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Expo co­or­di­na­tor, Amanda Gustin, ex­plains, “A pop­u­lar fea­ture of the Ver­mont His­tory Expo is our ge­neal­ogy spe­cial­ists—you can work with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the state’s lead­ing ge­neal­ogy or­ga­ni­za­tions and ar­chiv­ists from Ver­mont’s ma­jor repos­i­to­ries.” Ge­neal­ogy re­search spe­cial­ist and VHS vol­un­teer as­sists vis­i­tors at Ver­mont His­tory Expo. This year’s theme is H2O: the Power of Wa­ter in Ver­mont His­tory.

His­tory Expo vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to search for their fam­ily his­to­ries on the In­ter­net with ex­pert ad­vice.

In ad­di­tion, many of the par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions— in­clud­ing the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety book­store—will of­fer a va­ri­ety of ge­nealog­i­cal pub­li­ca­tions for sale.

Vis­i­tors can also delve into ad­di­tional as­pects of archival re­search at other booths in Flo­ral Hall. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Ver­mont Dig­i­tal News­pa­per Project will share their ex­hibit “Cy­cling through the News,” shar­ing bi­cy­cle his­tory as seen through his­toric Ver­mont news­pa­pers. Mem­bers of the Ver­mont State Ar­chives and Records Ad­min­is­tra­tion will pro­vide help­ful hand­outs on pre­serv­ing per­sonal dig­i­tal records and dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness for his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions. The Univer­sity of Ver­mont Depart­ment of Spe­cial Col­lec­tions, God­dard Col­lege Ar­chives, Ver­mont French-Cana­dian Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety, Ver­mont So­ci­ety of Mayflower De­scen­dants, Ver­mont Sons of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, St. An­drews So­ci­ety of Ver­mont and Ver­mont Sons of Union Vet­er­ans will also be on hand to dis­cuss the re­sources avail­able at their in­sti­tu­tions. Ar­ca­dia Pub­lish­ing and the His­tory Press will have a booth of­fer­ing books about lo­cal com­mu­nity, neigh­bor­hoods, and con­nec­tions to the past.

Find out more about Ver­mont His­tory Expo by call­ing (802) 479-8500 or see the full sched­ule of over 100 his­tory ex­hibits, music, crafts, and fam­ily fun—Satur­day and Sun­day, June 18 and 19, on­line at ver­mon­this­tory. org/expo.

The Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that op­er­ates the Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum in Mont­pe­lier, the Leahy Li­brary, the Ver­mont Her­itage Gal­leries in Barre, and pro­gram­ming through­out the state. Es­tab­lished in 1838, its pur­pose is to reach a broad au­di­ence through out­stand­ing col­lec­tions and statewide out­reach. Ver­mont His­tory Expo is held ev­ery other year. The Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety be­lieves that an un­der­stand­ing of the past changes lives and builds bet­ter com­mu­ni­ties. Visit the So­ci­ety’s web­site at ver­mon­this­tory.org

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Bob Mur­phy

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