LCMM Comes to St. Albans

The St. Albans Historical Society & Museum is pleased to welcome Art Cohn of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for a lecture this Wednesday:

1814: The Battle For Lake Champlain and its Archaeological Legacy
with Art Cohn
Wednesday, July 16 – 7pm

American plans for the War of 1812 included gaining control of Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes from the British. To that end, Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough was charged with the organization of the US naval fleet on Lake Champlain. On September 11, 1814, the British and Americans met at Cumberland Bay, in what would become known as the Battle of Plattsburgh. Macdonough’s victory was a significant moment in the War of 1812, just prior to the Treaty of Ghent. The consequences of that engagement – and the artifacts and objects it left behind – would have a lasting legacy on the field of nautical archeology and maritime history as well.

About the Presenter: Art Cohn, co-founder of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, is a professional diver and has coordinated and participated in Lake Champlain’s archaeological projects for the past twenty years. Cohn has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. In 2000 and 2001 Cohn was a Member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization’s convention for the protection of underwater cultural heritage. Since its inception in 1985, Cohn has been the chief advocate for the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve.

LCMM’s replica canal boat, the Lois McClure, will also be in St. Albans Bay from 9am-5pm. Click below to download the flyer for details.

Lois_2014 Tour Poster St Albans

Both events are open to the public and free of charge.

Casting Call

There’s still room for six lucky actors to join the historic re-enactments of the St. Albans Raid. Auditions for the parts (five male and one female) will take place Tuesday, July 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Twiggs Gastropub at 24 Main St. in downtown St. Albans. Those answering the call are asked to present a one minute monologue. As many as 5,000 people may witness each of the Sept. 20 and 21 re-enactments. Vermont Public Television will record the performances, which will be simulcast on a large TV screen in Taylor Park. Contact Rich Rodriguez (script writer, director, and narrator) at 802-585-0560 for more information. Visit to learn more about this free, nonprofit, community event! (via the 150th Committee)

Independence Day

The St. Albans Historical Society & Museum will be closed in recognition of Independence Day on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont

Many believe that support for the abolition of slavery was universally accepted in Vermont, but it was actually a fiercely divisive issue that rocked the Green Mountain State. In the midst of turbulence and violence, though, some brave Vermonters helped fight for the freedom of their enslaved Southern brethren. Thaddeus Stevens—one of abolition’s most outspoken advocates—was a Vermont native. Delia Webster, the first woman arrested for aiding a fugitive slave, was also a Vermonter. The Rokeby house in Ferrisburgh was a busy Underground Railroad station for decades. Peacham’s Oliver Johnson worked closely with William Lloyd Garrison during the abolition movement. Discover the stories of these and others in Vermont who risked their own lives to help more than four thousand slaves to freedom.

Join us on Thursday, July 10 at 7pm in the Bliss Room at the St. Albans Historical Society, 9 Church Street.

About the Presenter: Michelle Arnosky Sherburne lives with her husband and son in Newbury, Vermont. She is a Vermont historian and has spent years researching the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, lecturing at schools and local organizations. Michelle co-authored “A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham’s Story” and is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. This summer she is working on a book on the St. Albans Raid, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary this fall. She works at the weekly newspaper in Bradford, Vt., when not on history quests.

Part of the Local History Lecture Series. FREE for Members and open to the public by donation. Light Refreshments will be provided.

Big Band Dance Party Postponed

Dear Friends,

We appreciate your interest and support but regret that we have to postpone the Big Band Dance Party scheduled in the Bliss Room at the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum on Saturday, June 21. Don’t worry – we already have plans to host the Weed Imperial Orchestra later on this year. We will announce more details as they become available.

The St. Albans Historical Society & Museum

Mayor’s Ball Tickets

The St. Albans Raid Commemoration Committee is hosting a Mayor’s Ball on Saturday, September 20, from 8-11pm. It will be held in the Bliss Room at the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum (9 Church Street). Featuring music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, there will be a cash bar with wine, beer, and cider. You can also join in the Promenade prior to the dance, visiting three downtown restaurants. Period dress or formal attire is encouraged.

All proceeds will benefit the 150th Commemoration activities.

Ticket sales are limited – make your reservation today using the Ticket Request Form.

Questions or comments? Please contact the Committee.

June Food Drive

The St. Albans Historical Society & Museum is holding a food drive to benefit Northwest Family Foods and the Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action Food Pantry. Museum visitors will receive $1 off their admission with a donation of a non-perishable food item during the month of June. Thank you for joining us in the Museum’s efforts to support our community – past, present, and future!

150th St. Albans Raid Anniversary Schedule

The St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is the independent organizing body for all 150th activities and events.

Co Chairs: William Cioffi & Warren Hamm, Jr.

For more information on upcoming events, to reserve your ticket for the Mayor’s Ball, or to contact the Committee, please visit

The St. Albans Historical Society & Museum will be open for extended hours during the 150th commemoration:

Wednesday, Sept 17: Museum open from 1-4pm
Thursday, Sept 18: Museum open from 1-4pm
Friday, Sept 19: Museum open from 12-4pm
Saturday, Sept 20: Museum open from 10am – 2pm
Sunday, Sept 21: Museum open from 10am – 2pm

Historic St. Albans Walking Tours: Schedule to be announced. Please see our website for details.

Admission Fees: Adults: $6.00; Students (5-17): $3.00; Children (Under 5): FREE