What is Vermont? A day-long conference presented by the Vermont Historical Society on September 27 will explore “Image & Identity in the Green Mountain State” and take a broad sweep of history from the state’s founding to new research on today’s Vermonters. Afternoon sessions will focus on the results of the Vermont Roots Migration Project and a special presentation of portrayals of Vermont on film and television.
After the Society’s annual meeting, the morning keynote, given by historian Jill Mudgett, will give an overview of the cultural history of Vermont’s image and identity, viewed from inside and outside the state. Mudgett is a cultural historian and occasional VPR commentator, who has taught history and interdisciplinary courses at several Vermont colleges.
“Is Vermont idyllic, pure, and quiet, or is it a gritty, hardscrabble backwater?” queried Mark Hudson, Vermont Historical Society’s executive director. Amanda Gustin, public programs coordinator added, “How many different things has Vermont meant to different people over the years? How is it viewed from the outside-and how do Vermonters view their own state?”
Cherie Morse, professor and researcher at the University of Vermont, will present initial findings of the Vermont Roots Migration Project. The project began with a survey in spring 2014 designed to track the migration of those who went to high school in Vermont. Where are they now? Why did they leave – or stay in – Vermont? How do they reflect on their home state?
The Vermont Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Fall Conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vermont History Museum located in the Pavilion building, 109 State Street, Montpelier. Reservations are requested by September 19.
The registration fee is $25 for Vermont Historical Society members and students; $30 for non-members. The fee covers day-long programs and lunch. Contact Diane Campbell at (802) 479-8503 to register or go online: www.vermonthistory.org/annual-meeting.