BARR, Virginia (WCAX) – The Vermont Historical Society of Vermont will soon allow public access to the thousands of historical treasures currently in vault.
“The whole reason we are preserving these objects is to help tell people about history. If you don’t, they’re not doing it,” said Teresa Greene of the association.
Vacant spaces within the Vermont History Center in Barre will soon be filled, and pieces of Vermont’s history will be in the public eye.
“Over the last 20 years, we’ve been renovating this beautiful old building to make it a true Vermont treasure, and this is the final piece of work,” said Stephen Perkins of the Association.
“In total, we have about 30,000 objects in our collection, and ultimately we want to make them all easily available in some way, whether viewed in person or online.” said Greene.
“This will allow all objects in climate-controlled vaults to be open to the public, allowing visitors to explore and understand much of Vermont’s history and Vermont’s story,” Perkins added.
Funding for this project comes from $210,000 received by the organization as part of this year’s federal overall spending bill. Historians say the exhibit opens up possibilities for research, research and education. “These objects are stories. is really exciting,” says Perkins.
The History Center implements open storage and research galleries. It is a technique for displaying historical relics that encourages close observation and study. “Currently these are only available by appointment and you need to know what you’re looking for. With the open storage concept it looks like this but there’s plexiglass in front of it. is very interesting, but has a lot of cool objects that don’t always fit easily like the timeline of Vermont’s history.
The project is still ongoing, but staff say they are looking for volunteers and donors to help with future programming and collections.
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