The Vermont Historical Society is a not-for-profit, membership-supported organization founded in 1838 by an act of the Vermont legislature and dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Vermont history. It operates a library (located in Barre) and museum, has active publishing and educational programs, and sponsors special events. The VHS museum, located in the Pavilion Building near the State Capitol in Montpelier, is a tremendous asset and a "must-see" for anyone interested in Vermont's heritage and way of life.
The museum's permanent exhibit, Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many
Stories, opened in March 2004. The multimedia exhibit, which represents
Vermont's history from 1600 to the present, fills 5,000 square feet in
the Pavilion building in Montpelier. Visitors walk through time and
experience a full sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount
Tavern where Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad
station complete with a working telegraph and a WWII living room
furnished with period music and magazines.