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New content online on Chronicling America!

Great news: another 9,022 pages from six Vermont historical newspaper titles were added to Chronicling America this week!


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Vermont History Expo 2014 Recap

Tunbridge is one of those quintessential Vermont towns, nestled amongst our state’s undulating green hills. Old barns, fields,  cows, and historic homes along a winding narrow road lead to the relatively unchanged historic downtown of Tunbridge, IMG_20140622_091901where, in the valley below the town, the Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds were home to the 2014 Vermont History Expo on June 21 and 22.  Amid idyllic scenery and esteemed fellow exhibitors (all 160 of them!), we hosted an exhibit in Floral Hall.

Over the course of two days, we had the opportunity to meet hundreds of people from Vermont and beyond–many of whom had not yet heard of the project and what we had to offer. It was therefore a weekend full of discoveries!

Erenst Anip, Project Librarian, with our exhibit.

Particularly helpful was our laptop with Chronicling America set up. Visitors tested out keywords with the guidance of VTDNP team members. There were some amazing newspaper finds, particularly in regard to genealogy. One family discovered an obituary with some confirming information on a relative who moved from Vermont to Kansas in the time of John Brown and Bleeding Kansas.  Stay tuned for more stories! (Read our post on genealogy search strategies.)

With maple creemee in hand, Karyn Norwood, our newsgirl, helps a visitor navigate Chronicling America in search of an ancestor. Seems she had some success!

Our booth featured an exhibit entitled, Expressions: The Newspaper Masthead in Vermont Newspapers between 1836-1922, which took a particular look at the Cronaca Sovverisiva’s masthead artist, Carlos Abate, and displayed other interesting masthead designs from Vermont newspapers. View mastheads on our Flickr account.

Cronaca Sovversiva
Click to enlarge the exhibit panel.
Carlo Abate
Click to enlarge the exhibit panel.

In addition to the main exhibit, we challenged visitors with a guessing game featuring mystery toy advertisements from the turn of the twentieth century.  It was a lot of fun, and every participant received some candy and a bookmark! Think you’d like to give it a try? Try our online version!

Finally, thanks to our volunteers who helped with manning the booth: Tom McMurdo and Mary VanBuren Swasey. We couldn’t have done it without you!! Many thanks to the Vermont Historical Society for organizing such an impressive History Expo. Additional thanks to Karen Lane of the Aldrich Public Library and Paul Heller, local historian and author, for their help with the Cronaca Sovversiva research and images.

Karyn Norwood, Digital Support Specialist, was a newsgirl for the weekend, delivering the headlines from the 1800s and early 1900s to the public!

It was an incredible weekend of Vermont history; we are so happy to have been a part of it. We can’t wait for the 2016 History Expo!

A view of Floral Hall (where VTDNP had our exhibit) and the gazebo, where musicians played music from the past and present.


Extra! Extra! Read, watch, and view more about VTDNP at the Expo:


Even more Vermont content available on Chronicling America

Good news everyone!
18,000 more pages of Vermont newspapers were just added to Chronicling America! Currently, there are 224,000 pages (52 titles, 1 in French, 1 in Italian) of Vermont newspapers in Chronicling America. The latest addition includes the following titles (click on the masthead or text to access the newspaper):

Read more about it!


VTDNP booth & Poster at 2014 Vermont Library Conference

VTDNP participated at the 120th Annual Vermont Library Conference, Story Time: Advocate, Celebrate, and Be Heard, on May 20th, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm at St. Michael’s College in Colchester. We had a booth and poster presentation setup for the event. We also came with handouts, pamphlets, bookmarks, and candies. We talked to many librarians about the (free) primary resources offered through our project at ChroniclingAmerica.com.

VLC 2014 Poster 'Story Time'
Inspired by Adventure Time. Poster designed by Clay Lewis.
VTDNP booth & Poster at Vermont Library Conference 2014
VTDNP booth, a preview of what’s installed for Vermont History Expo in a month!
VTDNP booth & Poster at Vermont Library Conference 2014
Karyn in action, talking with conference attendance.
VTDNP booth & Poster at Vermont Library Conference 2014
” This is VTDNP: Providing Digital Access to Vermont Newspapers 1836-1922″
Short description: This poster will provide an overview of the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project/VTDNP. This project, part of a larger national initiative, provides free digital access to Vermont newspapers between 1836 and 1922.
Erenst Anip, Library Assistant Professor, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont
Karyn Norwood, Digital Support Specialist, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont
VTDNP booth & Poster at Vermont Library Conference 2014
VTDNP poster among other poster presentations

PS: apologies for some low-res photos as they were taken with different gadgets at various quality settings.

– Erenst Anip

Preparing for the Vermont History Expo 2014

Tickled pink it's an Expo Year!

On Friday 4/18, Karyn Norwood and Erenst Anip visited The Woodstock Historical Society to attend Exhibit Workshop organized by the Vermont Historical Society. They offered five sessions of this workshop in Bennington, Middlebury, Barre, Woodstock, and Brownington. These full day sessions are free of charge thanks to a grant from the Patrick Foundation and each are followed by a reception for Cultural Heritage Professionals. Continue reading Preparing for the Vermont History Expo 2014