“A museum should never be finished, but boundless and ever in motion.” (Goethe)
Each and every day, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to make connections around the Museum – with students, educators, area residents, community leaders, and our friends and members throughout Vermont (and beyond). We are proud of our mission to preserve and share our local heritage, through innovative educational programming, dynamic exhibits, special events, and more.
In 2016, we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary with a series of monthly programs, family-friendly activities, and an Anniversary Gala on September 9 & 10.
As we join together to commemorate the past, we also turn our attention to what comes next. I am pleased to announce that the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum has adopted a new name, to better reflect our aspirations, services, identity, and philosophy.
We are now the Saint Albans Museum.
What does this transition mean? We are renewing our commitment as a community non-profit to the heart of our mission – local history matters. Here at the Museum…
We bring stories to life.
We keep – and make – memories.
We bring people together.
We promote lifelong-learning.
We find history in words, images, sounds, and objects.
We promote stewardship of our common heritage.
We preserve the past, to engage the present, for the benefit of the future, and
We impact and serve our community.
There will be some practical changes in the coming months – a new logo and website, for example. We are also currently updating our historic building to allow for the installation of interactive and digital exhibits, and our annual membership drive will now begin each year in April (rather than December) to align with our summer season.
You will find the same passion and dedication to sharing the unique story of Saint Albans as well as the impact of our historic legacy on Vermont and New England. Our Museum will continue to develop as a community space promoting reflection, discovery, and engagement with past.
I hope you will join us this year – to explore and experience new ideas at one of our programs, in support of a fundraiser, to tour our exhibits and displays, or as a volunteer. This is your community, your history, and your Museum.
Thanks to the Saint Albans community for a wonderful 50 years – we are very much looking forward to many more ahead.