Vermont History Expo

Detail from painting by Vermont artist Anne Cady
Expo image donated by Vermont Artist Anne Cady 

Immerse yourself in the past June 21 and 22


June 21 - 22, 2014
It’s more than a country fair! The Vermont History Expo is one of the top ten summer events of 2014 – and you won’t want to miss it. The Tunbridge World’s Fairground will become a place of history and fun for the whole family.

Fife and Drum Corps at Vermont History Expoa Vermont Chamber of Commerce award program

Happenings are always being added. 

portraying artist 19th century artist Julian Scott

Vermont's Creative Heritage
With a creative eye and a steady hand, Vermont’s artists have enhanced history over the years. This year’s theme, “Artists and Artisans: Vermont’s Creative Heritage” will surely add a new hue to your understanding of historic developments in Vermont. [link:]

learn from your neighbors

History Exhibits
At every Vermont History Expo, we welcome dozens of local historical societies, heritage organizations, and museums to share history exhibits.

In 2014, exhibitors will share their interpretation of the theme "Artists and Artisans: Vermont's Creative Heritage" as well as their own local historical topics. Find out more here

old and new craft traditions

Crafters & Artisans
From timber framing to craft demonstrations like hooking rugs and spinning wool, artisans will be at the Expo to show you how their ancestors did it. Plan to visit the working blacksmith shop, printing press, and more! 

New for 2014: a special focus on the history and work of the Vermont State Craft Centers.

taking a break at the encampment

Living History Encampments
Experience the chill of soldiers’ strife and the extraordinary efforts of battle-fatigued Vermonters during both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. You can watch camp life as living historians tell their stories. 

be transported by fiddle music

Music & Entertainment
You'll find music at two different stages on the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. There'll be dancing and delight as the Larkin Contra Dancers and other favorites return once again to liven up Expo. 

stilt walking

Family Fun
With games and child’s play on both Saturday and Sunday, the whole family can feel young again. The day-to-day lives of children growing up in Vermont have changed dramatically through the years but play provides a link across generations. Hands-on activities will encourage new connections.

meet new authors

Will your favorite author be at Expo? Every year, we highlight new publications on an array of subjects; some deal directly with Vermont history, illustrating an incident, historical figure or place, and some simply reflect a particular way of life at a certain time with a lively fictional account.

heritage breeds

Heritage Animals & Morgan Horses
Heritage farm animals are breeds that were common on farms prior to the development of more specialized, industrial breeds. They thrive in a sustainable pasture system like ours. We’ll host demonstrations and classes of heritage breeds of pigs, sheep, cattle, poultry and more. And don’t forget, the Morgan horse is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States. See them up close at the History Expo!


For Saturday Night happenings, raffle details, info about Tunbridge tours, and genealogy presentations, watch this site. And don’t forget, public access computers will provide visitors the opportunity to search for their family histories on the Internet—with a little help from the experts!

And check out this interview with Amanda Gustin talking all about Vermont History Expo.