Preservation Trust of Vermont 


September is VT Archaeology Month: Learn, Explore & Dig Into 13,000 Years of History


null It's September and that means Vermont Archaeology Month! Throughout the month and across the state, explore topics on archaeology, local and American history, Native Americans, technology, and the environment. There's over 40 events, and many are family-oriented.  Vermont's long, human history reveals stories about 520 generations of resiliency! Many Archaeology Month events give us a chance to see the amazing continuity of people and cultures in Vermont over 13,000 years - -  across major climate changes, environmental changes, floods and draught.  Vermonters have survived and adapted for a very long time and will continue to do so.

Save the date for these upcoming events. Visit for a complete listing of events in the Calendar of Events.

September 14: Reading the Forested Landscape, Talk and Walkabout with Ecologist Tom Wessels
Ecologist Tom Wessels offers an illustrated talk and walk around Mount Independence, introducing attendees to approaches to interpret a forest's history while wandering through it. By looking at such evidence as tree shapes, scars on tree trunks, patterns of decay in tree stumps, construction of stonewalls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.

Location: Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell (Addison County)
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $5.00
For More Information: 802-948-2000

September 14: Lost and Re-found: Remembering the Long-Forgotten Patients at the Cemetery of the Vermont State Asylum for the Insane
Presentation followed by walking tour of site. Rain Date: site tour may be rescheduled at the time of the presentation. With Tracy Martin, Office of the State Curator, and Anne Donahue, Editor of Counterpoint, Vermont Psychiatric Survivors.  Between 1892 and 1912, some 21 to 27 patients who died unclaimed at the Vermont State Asylum for the Insane [later renamed the Vermont State Hospital] were buried on a knoll overlooking the hospital grounds. Presentation on the cemetery's history and the stories of the forgotten patients buried there, followed by optional tour of the site. Requires a short but steep hike into what is now a part of the C.C. Putnam State Forest.
Location: St. Leo Parish Hall, 109 South Main Street, Waterbury (Parish Hall is behind St. Andrew's Church).Walking tour at C.C. Putman State Forest.
Time: 10:00 AM (site tour follows at 11:00 AM)
Cost: Free

For More information: Email: Telephone: 802-828-3050

Deadlines set for State Preservation Matching Grants

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation administers two matching grant programs. The Historic Preservation Grant program offers grants of up to $20,000 to non-profit organizations and municipalities to help repair and restore historic buildings while the Barn Preservation Grant program provides grants up to $15,000 to non-profits, municipalities and private individuals for historic agricultural building repairs. In 2012, $464,407 in grant funds were awarded to thirty-four around the state.

The deadline for the next round of Historic Preservation Grants is Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 for the Barn Preservation Grants. Manuals and applications for the next round of grants are now available online.  For more information, call Caitlin Corkins, Tax Credits & Grants Coordinator at 802-828-3047 or visit the website at strong_communities/preservation/

Vermont Arts Council awards $235K in cultural facilities grants

The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of twelve grants to be awarded to organizations providing art and cultural programming in Vermont. Projects ranging from the installation of HVAC and sound systems to rigging, lighting and room darkening equipment will be funded by these grants.

"What sets this grant program apart from other grants the Council awards," said Alexander L. Aldrich, Executive Director, "is that the money goes to the most critical and yet most often invisible aspects of cultural activities. Audiences expect facilities to be accessible (entries and restrooms in particular); they expect lighting, sound, and projection systems to work; and they expect their venues to stay on top of the latest technological developments-all without creating a negative impact on the overall aesthetic expectations they have. The organizations receiving funding in this category have demonstrated a critical need and have the know-how and cultural background to make the most of this opportunity to ensure that, going forward, Vermont audiences will enjoy their programs for years to come."
The Cultural Facilities Grant program is administered by the Vermont Arts Council in conjunction with the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. These grants are intended to help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.

The awards went to:

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of West Brattleboro in Windham County
$1,515.00 to support the installation of a ramp at the main hall fire exit and to add an assistive listening system

Catamount Film and Arts of St. Johnsbury in Caledonia County
$30,000.00 to support the purchase and installation of a digital theater system

City of Winooski in Chittenden County
$5,781.00 to support the installation of a ceiling-mounted projector and a dividing wall for the O'Brien Community Center's Community Room

Friends of the Wardsboro Library of Wardsboro in Windham County
$9,082.00 to support the installation of an HVAC system

Goddard College of Plainfield in Washington County
$30,000.00 to support the construction of ADA-compliant bathrooms and install light and sound systems in the Haybarn Theatre

Lamoille County Players of Hyde Park in Lamoille County
$13,710.00 to support the installation of air conditioning in the Hyde Park Opera House

Main Street Arts of Saxtons River in Windham County
$30,000.00 to support the installation of a sprinkler system that meets current fire code

Paramount Theatre of Rutland in Rutland County
$30,000.00 to support the installation of a projection, reception, and sound enhancement system

Pentangle Arts Council of Woodstock in Windsor County
$16,000.00 to support the replacement of rigging, lighting, and curtain elements in the historic Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

Pope Memorial Library of Danville in Caledonia County
$9,536.00 to support the installation of a new floor and room darkening curtains and to purchase a portable stage

Town of Huntington in Chittenden County
$28,942.00 to support the installation of a lift to improve accessibility to the second floor

Town of West Rutland in Rutland County
$30,000.00 to support the renovation of the basement bathrooms in the Town Hall Auditorium

Since 1964, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy and information for the arts in Vermont. It strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to increase opportunities for Vermonters to experience the arts in everyday life. The Council is the only designated State Arts Agency in the U.S. that is also an independent nonprofit membership organization.

For more information on the programs and services of the Vermont Arts Council, visit