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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.


Save the Date: Genealogy & Chronicling America Class on March 7

Are you interested in genealogy? We’re pleased to announce we’ll be offering a class at the Vermont Genealogy Library on how to use Chronicling America for genealogy research on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 10:30 am to 12 pm.

The cost is $5 and no registration is necessary.

Visit the Vermont Genealogy Library’s website to learn more.

In the meantime, visit our genealogy tab on our website!

Hope to see you there & happy searching!


User Spotlight Series: Egbert Stolk

Egbert Stolk examining a wall at New York’s Tenement Museum, while an intern there this summer. Photograph by Alexandra Brown.


Egbert Stolk writes as a guest blogger for our User Spotlight Series this month. Egbert                recently graduated from the University of     Vermont’s Historic Preservation Program with a Master of Science. Below he shares his experience of using Chronicling America to research immigrant stories for The Burlington Edible Food Tour.


In my work for the edible food walking tour in Burlington, Vermont, we strive to gather immigrant stories who were working directly or indirectly in the food industry in Burlington. The different ethnic groups that came to America, and in our case specifically Burlington, also brought their food traditions with them. Sometimes traditional food was sold in shops or otherwise immigrants sold American food, while cooking ethnic food at home. In The Burlington Edible Food Tour we try to uncover immigrant and food stories, and places that relate to these stories. We used the online newspaper database Chronicling America to find more stories for the tour. For example: to locate street vendors and restaurants owned by immigrants and events pertaining to those businesses. It was very helpful as history is sometimes lost forever, but with the help of century-old journalism we are able to reconstruct part of Burlington’s immigrant              history. Continue reading User Spotlight Series: Egbert Stolk

How-to: Clip, Save, and Print Quality Images from Chronicling America

Many thanks to a patron who requested this how-to, as the ability to clip, save, and print quality images from Chronicling America can be a challenge! We have a few tried-and-true techniques  (and free!) to help you out.

Chronicling America offers a few different ways to easily clip, save, and print images, with varying quality of the images.

We’ve also  included a few alternative methods that have worked for the project. (Note: we are not promoting any of these resources; while we’ve had successes with these alternative methods and online tools, we understand they may not work well for everyone!)

1. Saving/Sorting Images:

  • Share/Save Button: Chronicling America has a share/save button on the top of each page that allows you to copy and paste the newspaper page’s link, save to your favorites folder, email, share with social media, or download the image to an RSS feed, as a jp2, or pdf.
Click to enlarge. This share/save button allows you to save or share content with a variety of tools.
  • Bottom Label: Every Chronicling America page has a bottom        label with the newspaper title, date, and a hyperlink. This allows you to copy and paste the information into a document. It’s a great tool for keeping relevant pages organized.
Click to enlarge. This image shows the bottom of a newspaper page on Chronicling America. A link and content information is given–making it a great way to save the page!

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VTDNP @ the 2014 Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies Conference

The Equinox Resort & Spa, home to the conference this year, boosts a 200 year history, 6 different architectural styles, and 17 structures–it’s quite the complex!

The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project (VTDNP) was invited to give a workshop to teachers at this year’s Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies Conference in Manchester, Vermont, at the Equinox Resort & Spa, on  Friday, December 5, 2014.

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