Museum @ the St. Albans Downtown Sidewalk Sale

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The Museum will be joining in the fun with our neighbors and friends at the 26th Annual Downtown St. Albans Sidewalk Sale on Friday, July 17 from 11am-4pm and Saturday, July 18 from 10am-2pm. Come check out our gift shop specials, featuring books, apparel, and other unique and local items for sale.

Be sure to make some time for a Museum tour as well!

Saint Albans Community History Fund Announced

The Board of Trustees of the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the creation of the Saint Albans Community History Fund, which provides mini-grants to schools, non-profits, and community organizations for events or activities that promote the history and heritage of the greater St. Albans, Vermont community.

“Our goal is to help students, educators, and community members engage with the people and places of​ ​our past, by supporting projects, programs, and special events that highlight greater St. Albans,” said Alex Lehning, Executive Director. “We believe that our community has a unique story to tell, and a special place in the history of Vermont. There are so many important regional and national historical connections right here in our own backyard, including ties to the Civil War, the ​age of rail, and even the governor’s office. We hope to encourage area efforts to preserve and share that common heritage beyond the walls of the Museum.”

This program was created with the remaining funds from the 150th St. Albans Raid Anniversary Commemoration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply at www.stamuseum.org/learn.

In Memoriam

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With his loving family close by his side, St. Albans native Bryan Jay Powers, 63, lost his arduous battle with cancer on May 17, 2015.

Born Oct. 28, 1951, Bryan is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dale (Martell) Powers, whom he married while he was still an active member of the U.S Navy. He also leaves behind his daughter, Kelly and her husband, Keith Wakefield, of Fairfax, and his son, Nathan and his special friend, Kali Bilodeau, of St. Albans.

When Bryan married Dale on Sept. 21, 1974, he became a part of the Martell clan, a large and bustling family that welcomed Bryan with open arms. To the Martells, he was more than an in-law. Through five decades he was a fixture at family functions, famous for reminding the myriad of siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews and associated friends to “take all you want, eat all you take” as they descended on an often chaotic buffet line. At the end of his life, his youngest sister-in-law, Sophia Greenia, provided gentle, respectful care for which Bryan was genuinely appreciative.

His parents both passed before him, his mother Florence Cline Powers in 2013 and his father James in 1979. His brother Avery predeceased him in 1983. His brother Mark and his wife, Lucy, of St. Albans survive him.

Bryan began work as a teenager, assisting his father at Powers Pharmacy in St. Albans. He spent to bulk of his career (1978 to 2002) as a characterization development technician at IBM in Essex Junction, and worked as a government contractor with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in St. Albans until 2012. He was honored to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to1976, enlisting while still in high school. A Vietnam War veteran, he was aboard the ammunition ship USS Nitro while it was based in Subic Bay in the Philippines. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the USS Nitro Association, American Legion Post Green Mountain Post #1 and VFW Post #758.

A 1971 graduate of BFA-St. Albans, Bryan had a special fondness for the Rail City and its history. He served as board member for the St. Albans Historical Society since 1990 and oversaw the collections of the St. Albans Historical Museum as it became a vibrant showcase of the Franklin County community. He was an avid collector of any and all St. Albans memorabilia. He also served as a sexton at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and volunteered at Martha’s Kitchen.

As Bryan struggled with his illness, he relied heavily on the advice and direction of Dr. Dennis Sanders and the staff at the St. Albans office of the Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders. His family will forever be thankful of the care he received.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. His funeral service will be held Friday, May 22nd, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 29 Congress Street, St. Albans. Interment with military honors will follow at the Georgia Plain Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bryan’s name to the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 722., St. Albans, VT 05478 or Martha’s Kitchen, P.O. Box 1561, St. Albans, VT 05478. Messages of condolence to Bryan’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Mysteries at the Museum

Grab the popcorn and set your DVR! Vermont author Michelle Arnosky Sherburne, of Newbury, will be featured in a segment highlighting the story of St. Albans Raid – as well as an artifact from the Museum’s collection – in the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” series, airing this Friday, May 8 at 9pm.

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Special thanks to (left to right) Optomen crew cameraman Tom, producer Clare Keating, sound man Dan, Michelle Arnosky Sherburne, Vermont author, electrical/production person Brian and Museum Executive Director Alex Lehning.

Announcing the St. Albans Walking Tour App

In partnership with Bellows Free Academy High School, and with support from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership/Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Leadem Family Foundation, we are pleased to announce the creation of a St. Albans Walking Tour Mobile App! Explore our historic downtown (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and learn more about the economic, political, social, architectural, – and even military history – of our community.

FREE and accessible anywhere, on any device, on any platform!

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Currently in Beta testing.

Sign up below to be notified on Launch Day, coming soon in May/June 2015!



Calcutta Fundraiser on May 30

Join us for our annual Calcutta fundraiser to support the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum. Tickets are only $100 each, and include dinner for two and one entry into the game – a chance to win the Grand Prize of $2,000!

6pm: Social Hour (Cash Bar available)
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Game Begins

There will also be a raffle and a game ball will be auctioned off during the evening. Catered by our friends at the Dairy Center.

Learn more on our Facebook page

Tickets are SOLD out – thank you for your support!

Museum & St. Albans Rotary to host April Mixer

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The St. Albans Rotary Club and the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum are co-hosting the next Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce Mixer on Thursday, April 16 from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Bliss Room.

Join us for a great evening of community networking and learn more about the Taylor Park Fountain restoration project, as well as the latest news and updates from both organizations. There will be appetizers and a cash bar provided by our friends at Tatro’s and Twiggs.

All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a free 2015 Museum membership. It’s only $5 for Chamber members and $8 for all others. Learn more or pre-register on our Facebook page. We hope to see you there!