Vermont History Day

The Vermont Historical Society has announced the topic for the 2014 Vermont History Day education program, it will be “Rights and Responsibilities in History”.  According to the October 3, 2013 article in The Herald of Randolph newspaper the program “encourages students to explore an historical topic and present their research at a statewide competition.”

Vermont History Day is associated with the National History Day.  The works will be judged by local historians, educators, and other state professionals.  Some works will be recommended for the National History Day.

The contest will take place Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Spaulding High School in Barre. The contest is open to all Vermont students grades 5 through 12, and home schooled students aged 10 to 18.  The submission deadline is March 25, 2014.

Educators and students are encouraged to read the recent The Herald of Randolph article and visit the VHS website for more information.  Educators and students interested in Randolph history are free to contact us for access to the Randolph Historical Society Museum.

Annual Randolph Historical Society Meeting

We will be holding our annual RHS meeting on Sunday, October 13th at 2 PM, at the St. Johns Church in downtown Randolph.  The event is free and open to the public, it is handicap accessible.  We will have a short discussion of updates to the Randolph Historical Society, which will include the election of the officers.

The RHS will be hosting the Vermont Humanities Council event, titled Suspended Worlds: Vermont’s Painted Theater Curtains.  The speaker is former and founding Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance director Christine Hadsel, who is currently project director for the Painted Theater Curtains of Vermont conservation project.

Between 1880 and World War II, painted theater curtains were artistic features of most New England villages and towns. In Vermont, painted curtains graced stages in town and grange halls, opera houses, and community theaters. A culture of local variety shows and traveling, professional talent flourished in front of those curtains in some very remote places. A tour of some of the 177 curtains in Vermont provides a glimpse into the world of talented and often sophisticated artists who were part of the rural cultural scene. Focusing on Charles Henry and his family troupe, with their blackface, their assortment of musical instruments, and their comedies, examines the cultural history of small town Vermont before World War I.  This description is quoted from the Vermont Humanities Council website:

http://www.vermonthumanities.org/VHCEvents/LamoilleOrangeOrleans/tabid/274/Default.aspx