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Recap: Bicycle Tour and Exhibit Opening

Wheels in hand, cyclists prepared to depart for the tour from Bailey/Howe Library.

It was a lovely day for a bicycle history tour last Saturday, June 13th, with warm temperatures and blue skies! Luis Vivanco, University of Vermont professor of anthropology and author of Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing,  led thirteen adventurous wheelmen and wheelwomen on a cycling tour of Burlington’s rich bicycling past, with stops all over the city.

Luis, in costume, introducing bicyclists to the tour and the history of bicycling.

The tour was offered in conjunction with the opening of our new summer exhibit in the main lobby of Bailey/Howe Library on the main campus of the University of Vermont: Cycling Through the News: The Rise of Bicycling in Vermont and the Nation.

A sincere thank you to Luis Vivanco for donating his time and expertise to lead the tour around town on Saturday!


We’ll end this post with a short article from the Burlington Weekly Free Press from August 21, 1885, page 3, concerning Burlington’s many attractions for cyclists:

Burlington Weekly Free Press, August 21, 1885, p. 3.

(For more Burlington, Vermont, and American bicycle history tidbits, check out the exhibit! Another great place to see actual historic bicycles in Burlington is at the Old Spokes Home bicycle museum!)

The exhibit is on display until August 26th, 2015.

Cyclists taking a look at the exhibit before the bike tour.

Recap: Dynamic Landscapes Conference 2015


Last week, the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project staff had the opportunity to present to over twenty teachers, librarians, administrators, and technology specialists at the Dynamic Landscapes: Do, Make and Create Conference, hosted on Champlain College’s scenic campus on May 21, 2015.

Project Librarian Erenst Anip introducing Chronicling America to educators.

During our talk, we touched upon how to use Chronicling America, what kinds of resources are out there for educators, and also gave some examples of lessons using the Common Core standards.

Teachers were especially excited about the idea of performing local history research with students using the newspapers. One instructor, while testing out Chronicling America during our talk, found some amazing articles on the Lane Manufacturing Company in Montpelier, Vermont, in the Vermont Watchman–a company that he and his students had been researching.  By just doing a simple search, he found a number of relevant articles on the company and its history, which was great to see!

lane manufatucturing co
Image of the factory complex from an entire page of information regarding the company from The Vermont watchman., August 07, 1901.

VTDNP is grateful for having had the opportunity to present at this dynamic and high-energy conference! Thanks to Vita-Learn and the Vermont School Librarian Association and the VT Agency of Education for co-sponsoring this event.

Karyn Norwood, digital support specialist, shows teachers how to use Chronicling America. Photograph by Erenst Anip.

In case you missed it, view and download the presentation below:


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150 Years Ago, in the American Civil War: Lee surrenders to Grant

“When this cruel war is over,  praying then to meet again,” went the chorus of a popular Civil War song written by Henry Tucker in 1863. Those words encapsulated so much of what the war was to so many on the war front and at home: a seemingly endless period of waiting, worrying, and hoping. Yet the war in 1863 was only half over. The American Civil War stretched on and on, for four long, bloody years. The beginning of April 1865, though, 150 years ago, marked the Civil War’s decline with decisiveness.

Union victory seemed relatively assured after General Sherman’s March to the Sea in the autumn of 1864. By early 1865, the South did not have the numbers, nor the wealth or resources of the North, to sustain the rebellion much longer. Continue reading 150 Years Ago, in the American Civil War: Lee surrenders to Grant

We’ll be at the Dynamic Landscapes K-12 Edtech Conference, Will You?

We’re excited to be leading a workshop at the annual Vermont K-12 Edtech Conference at Champlain College in Burlington on May 21st and 22nd! This year’s theme is Dynamic Landscapes: Do, Make, and Create! The two-day conference is sponsored by VITA-Learn, the VSLA (Vermont State Library Association) and the VT AOE (Agency of Education), and is open to Vermont teachers, librarians, administrators, and tech specialists in K-12 schools.

We’ll be speaking on how to use historic newspaper content from Chronicling America in the classroom on Thursday, May 21st at 11 am (D1 Thursday Session 2A). To learn more about our talk and sign-up for our session (if you’re already registered), visit the session website.

For information on the conference and how to register, visit the Dynamic Landscapes website. Hope to see you there!



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Women’s History as it Happened, in the News

It’s Women’s History Month; thus an appropriate time to reflect on women in history as seen in  newspapers. Chronicling America‘s newspapers from 1836-1922 help capture an integral period of time in the women’s history: here we see the growing effort for suffrage and equal rights, the passage of the 19th Amendment, and the emergence of such pioneering women as Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Dorothy Dix, and so many more.

The Topics page on Chronicling America contains a number of intriguing women’s history topics, from developments in women’s sporting fashion to Clara Barton’s founding of the American Red Cross; see them below:

“Miss Jennie Durkee, the original bloomer girl” -Middlebury Register, April 2, 1897

Happy searching!

To learn more specifically about Vermont women in history, visit the Vermont Historical Society’s “Vermont Women in History” database.