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Organization name: vermont historical society

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CH-20817-01Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsVermont Historical SocietyFacilities Renovation for Collections,Care/Storage and Expanded Research/Exhibits Programs.12/1/1998 - 7/31/2004$500,000.00GainorB.Davis   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA2001U.S. HistoryChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs05000000500000

Renovation of the Spaulding School to create a History Center to serve humanities education throughout the state of Vermont.

EZ-50219-07Education Programs: Faculty Humanities WorkshopsVermont Historical SocietyThe Gilded Age Through the Lens of Vermont4/1/2007 - 12/31/2007$33,242.00JerryW.Desmarais   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA2007American StudiesFaculty Humanities WorkshopsEducation Programs332420332420

A workshop series for twenty middle and high school teachers on Vermont's historical, literary, and artistic legacy during the Gilded Age.

"The Gilded Age Through the Lens of Vermont" proposal is a professional development workshop for the summer and fall of 2007 for 20 middle and high school teachers of history and literature. The workshop will focus on the Gilded Age, 1865-1910 and the many tensions felt by society during this transitional period. Reading selections chosen by the scholars focus on the Gilded Age in America in general and Vermont in particular, andd are supplemented by reading and documents on the period in America. Scholars in Vermont history, literature and art will lead teachers in an exploration of the changing identities of Americans and Vermonters as they faced tremendous economic, demographic, and cultural changes.

GM-20766-82Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsVermont Historical SocietyVermont Folk Art Exhibit3/1/1982 - 9/30/1983$34,225.00JaneC.Beck   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA1982Folklore and FolklifeHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs342250342250

To support implementation of a traveling exhibit of folk art, focusing on the relationship of these objects with traditional learning and with the history, culture and social dynamics of the community.

PB-274029-20Preservation and Access: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Vermont Historical SocietyPreserving and Expanding Access to Vermont's History7/1/2020 - 12/31/2020$133,512.00Stephen Perkins   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA2020U.S. HistoryCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)Preservation and Access13351201335120

The retention of eight staff members to produce digital records for online access to the Vermont Historical Society’s museum and library collections.

VHS seeks funding to support the important work carried out by our library and museum collections departments to make Vermont history accessible from anywhere in the world. This work has greater importance now, as researchers, teachers, students, and the general public are unable to benefit from our services in person. VHS serves more than 6,000 teachers and students annually, who are relying on access to online primary source materials as they navigate virtual learning and continue to meet curriculum standards. Researchers need access to the rare and unique items preserved in our archives to promote scholarship on Vermont history. Since the start of the current pandemic, we have seen a distinct increase in use of our digital collections, as the public connects the past with the present to make sense of current events. Though nothing can replace experiencing collections in real life, we endeavor to meet the growing need for access through museum and library objects cataloged online.

PG-50953-10Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsVermont Historical SocietyVermont Oversized Historical Document Preservation Project3/1/2010 - 8/31/2011$6,000.00Mark Hudson   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA2009Archival Management and ConservationPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

A conservation assessment of oversized historical documents as well as the purchase of storage cabinets and folders for these materials and an on-site workshop addressing their care and handling. Collections comprise over 6,800 manuscripts, maps, architectural plans, and broadsides dating to the 18th century and include documentation on Calvin Coolidge, religious leader William Miller, and influential regional architect Sylvester Smith.

The grant would support three activities relating to oversized items housed in the Vermont Historical Society's Howard and Alba Leahy Library, located in the Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The grant would provide for a survey of the materials by a qualified paper conservator, resulting in protocols for the storage and handling of oversized collections and priorities for their treatment. It would also would fund the purchase of additional flat file storage cabinets and folders to improve the storage of oversized manuscripts, maps, architectural plans, and broadsides at the Vermont Historical Society. Lastly, the grant would fund a workshop in the handling of oversized paper items for the staff of the Vermont Historical Society and area local historical society members.

PS-20916-94Preservation and Access: Preservation and Access Projects Pre-1996Vermont Historical SocietyVermont Newspaper Project: Planning6/1/1994 - 6/30/1995$13,740.00PaulA.Carnahan   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA1994U.S. HistoryPreservation and Access Projects Pre-1996Preservation and Access13740092360

To support planning for Vermont's participation in the U.S. Newspaper Program.

RC-21383-87Preservation and Access: Reference Materials - AccessVermont Historical SocietyCreating Access to the Vermont Historical Society's Broadside Collection9/1/1987 - 8/31/1989$19,264.00ReidunD.Nuquist   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA1987U.S. HistoryReference Materials - AccessPreservation and Access19264018904.330

To support organizing and cataloguing the society's broadside collection which consists of approximately 7,500 items, including posters, flyers, announcements, and advertisements. A user's guide will be prepared.

ZPA-283076-22Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)Vermont Historical SocietyVermont's Role in Our National Story: Providing Digital Access to Our Collections10/1/2021 - 6/30/2022$199,889.00Stephen Perkins   Vermont Historical SocietyBarreVT05641-4209USA2021U.S. HistoryARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)Agency-wide Projects19988901998890

The retention of five full-time positions and four part-time positions to engage in collection description, preservation, database management, and digitization. 

VHS is asking for additional relief funding from NEH to support the creation of digital catalog records to make Vermont history accessible from anywhere in the world. VHS serves thousands of students and teachers annually, who rely on access to primary source materials to meet curriculum standards. Researchers rely on digital access to the rare and unique items preserved in our archives to promote scholarship on Vermont history and current events. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a distinct increase in the use of our digital collections, especially by those living outside Vermont. To commemorate America's 250th Anniversary, we will prioritize access to collections from Vermont's colonial period and those highlighting the unique experiences of under-represented communities. This project will build on our initial accomplishments and provide access to collections that inform our understanding of Vermont's role in our national story.