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June 18 & 19, 2016
2016 Expo image donated by artist Daryl Storrs of Huntington, Vermont.

It's A Vermont History Expo Year!

H2O: The Power of Water in Vermont History

Vermont History Expo is down-home fun whether you are 8 or 88! We are tickled pink that this year the Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds will come alive as a celebration of Vermont’s history with fun for the entire family. On June 18 and 19 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Vermont Historical Society will make a huge splash with the theme H2O: The Power of Water in Vermont History. Storytellers, artists, musicians, history organizations, authors, crafters, animals, and genealogists complete this history-filled extravaganza!

For over a decade, the Vermont Historical Society has organized the Vermont History Expo, a weekend festival showcasing and engaging thousands of Vermonters with their state’s history. This event is unique in the United States and has been established as a biannual event. The Vermont Historical Society hosts presentations by authors and historians in two different tents, features various living history encampments, and provides a large space devoted to historic children’s games and crafts. History abounds throughout the weekend.

Contact Amanda Gustin, Vermont Historical Society’s public program coordinator at (802) 828-2180 or amanda.gustin@vermonthistory.org or Julie Nelson, marketing and community relations, at (802) 479-8519 or julie.nelson@vermonthistory.org.

Outdoor children’s games are fun for all at the Vermont History Expo. When was the last time you threw a bean bag?

FAMILY FUN

There is always an emphasis on family fun at History Expo. 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. Don’t miss the parade each day of the weekend at noontime.

Mapmakers of old ply their craft in full costume at the Vermont History Expo.

HISTORICAL EXHIBITS

History exhibits will feature stories from over one hundred local historical societies, heritage organizations, and museums. Visitors will find many exhibits about the effects of water throughout Vermont history. Snow and ice have made Vermont a winter sports capital and each Vermont town can boast of a beloved community swimming hole, covered bridge, or water’s impact on local industry. This is also a forum to tell the story about floods and their impact on local Vermont towns.

Spinning yarns tell the tale of life the way it used to be.

CRAFTERS AND ARTISANS

Crafters and artisans will provide demonstrations from timber framing to hooking rugs and spinning wool to show visitors how their ancestor did it, linking past to present. Plan to view other traditions at the working blacksmith shop, printing press, 19th-century one-room schoolhouse, and more. Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds is well-known for Antique Hill and Vermont’s history comes to life right there in the spotlight.

From the gazebo to music on Antique Hill, Expo features a variety of traditional music.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Expo attendees will find music and entertainment at two different stages, one location on Antique Hill and one at the Gazebo in the center of the fairgrounds. There will be dancing and delight as Larkin contra dancers and other favorites return once again to liven Expo with tunes from the past.

History Expo features an amazing parade at noontime on both Saturday and Sunday.

HERITAGE ANIMALS

And speaking of parades, many heritage-breed animals will be shown in the parade and demonstrations of horses, pigs, sheep, cattle, poultry, and more can be seen up close at Expo. At the 2014 Expo, even chickens strutted their stuff during the daily procession in the middle of the fairgrounds. Don’t forget, the Morgan horse is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States. Visitors will be able to see these beautiful animals in action.

Learn more at vermonthistory.org/expo, as exhibitors and presentations are added weekly.

Admission: $10 adults; $5 children; ages 5 and under are free; $20 weekend family pass.

Half price for visitors in period dress.