Tuesday, September 11, 2012

From the VT Historical Society-Look What's New on Online to Help Researchers

Barre, Vt. – The Vermont Historical Society has released three new content areas on its website – two related to the Civil War and one related to Vermont’s governors.

Researchers now can access over 40 articles written about the Civil War that have appeared in the Society’s journal Vermont History since 1930. All the articles have been converted to searchable PDF files and cataloged in the library’s online catalog for easy access. The articles can be found at www.vermonthistory.org/cwarticles.

Civil War registers from the library’s collections are also online. These poster-sized documents memorialized Vermont soldiers of the War Between the States. Of the 31 different registers in the library’s collections, nine are unique designs. Examples of each of these attractive memorials have been put on the VHS’s website at www.vermonthistory.org/cwregisters. These registers will also be featured in the next issue of Vermont History.

The third new section of the historical society’s website is a gallery of Vermont governors’ portraits. Scanned from the VHS’s collection of governors’ portraits that began in 1908, this image gallery shows each of the state’s 78 chief executives. If you’ve ever wondered what our governors looked like, visit www.vermonthistory.org/governors.

The Leahy Library, on the second floor of the Vermont Historical Society at 60 Washington Street in Barre, is a center for resources documenting the history and people of Vermont, including books and pamphlets dating from the 1770s to the present; unique letters, diaries, ledgers and scrapbooks; some of Vermont’s earliest maps and planning documents; and extensive photograph and broadside collections. With a special interest in family history, the library has the largest printed genealogical collection in the state.

Call (802) 479-8509 at the Vermont History Center for more information.

The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library and new 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. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at www.vermonthistory.org .

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