Holidays at the Museum

Celebrate the season with the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum.

Thank you – we appreciate your support at our Carol Ann Jones Quartet concert and with the Festival of Trees.

If you are looking for something local to give this holiday, you can find the perfect gift for anyone on your list in our online Gift Shop. We have 150th St. Albans Raid merchandise and apparel (on sale!), as well as history books, reproduction documents, and much more that you can’t find anywhere else.

On Sale Now – Tickets for “The Musician’s Wife” Mystery Dinner Theater

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Woodmen of the World – Vermont Chapter 1
presents
The Musician’s Wife
Mystery Dinner Theater

November 7 in the Bliss Room (9 Church St.)
Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner at 7pm

Proceeds will benefit the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum and Mt. Sinai #3 Shriners. Tickets now on sale!

In this bicentennial year of The Battles at Plattsburgh, a discovery is made in a North Country attic – a previously unknown painting from shortly after the war, called “The Musician’s Wife.” The painting depicts the titular character, who risked her life carrying munitions to the solders aboard the Eagle during the battle on Lake Champlain. Though Lt. Joseph Smith swore the facts to be true, the story of the musician’s wife was thought to be just a popular myth, because no records show a woman as having been on any of Macdonough’s ships.

At the gala unveiling of the recently-uncovered painting, there’s an even more startling occurrence — the woman in the painting disappears! Even more unsettling, a ghostly figure who looks much like the musician’s wife is spotted floating through the halls of the Bliss Room at the Museum.

- Buffet Dinner
- Cash Bar
- Silent Auction
- 50/50 raffle

Tickets: $50 each; $90 for two; $350 table for 8

For more information or to make your reservation, please contact the Museum Office.

New Closing Date

The St. Albans Historical Society & Museum will now be closing for the season at 2pm on Saturday, October 4 (instead of Saturday, October 11 as originally planned). However, we will continue scheduling field trips for local schools and educational institutions through the end of the month. The Bliss Room is available by reservation and the Research Room is open by appointment throughout the year.

St. Albans Raid History Talk

Join Vermont author Michelle Arnosky Sherburne in the Bliss Room on Friday, October 3 at 1pm, as she shares behind-the-scenes stories and details the aftermath of the St. Albans Raid (hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum).

Copies of her new book, The St. Albans Raid: A Confederate Attack on Vermont, will be available for purchase.

Synopsis: As Vermont regiments fought valiantly at the Battle of Cedar Creek, a small band of Confederates set their sights on a town near the state’s Canadian border. In October of 1864 approximately 20 rebel soldiers took over St. Albans, proclaiming that it was now under the power of the Confederate government. This northernmost land action of the Civil War ignited war-time fear and anger in every northern state. The raiders fired upon townspeople as they stole horses and robbed the local banks. Captain George Conger, recently discharged from the Union Army, led the charge to take back the town. St. Albans men organized under Conger, F. Stewart Stranahan and John W. Newton to chase the rebels out of town. Michelle Arnosky Sherburne leads readers through the drama, triumph and legacy of the Confederate raid on St. Albans.

About the Author: Michelle Arnosky Sherburne has lived in Vermont since 1976, originally from Pennsylvania. She has been in the newspaper business since graduating high school. Since the 1990s, she pursued freelance writing and focused on that when she was a stay-at-home mom. Vermont history has been a focus of Sherburne research, focusing on the Underground Railroad for two decades. She is the author of Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont, and co-editor of A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham’s Story. Sherburne and her husband of 27 years and son live in Newbury, Vt. Sherburne’s passion for history has led her to make history come to life for schoolchildren and adults in her history presentations around the state. She has been the production department person for 14 years at the Journal Opinion, a weekly newspaper gearing up for its 150th anniversary in 2015.

St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration

The St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration is here! Please see below for a full schedule of events. You can find all the latest news and details at www.stalbansraid.com.The Museum will be open for special extended hours: Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Admission is only $6 for adults, $3 for students (ages 5-17), and of course, FREE for members, children under 5, and Blue-Star eligible military families & veterans (with ID, please).

We are once again proud to support Northwest Family Foods, serving our neighbors in need in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Visitors can receive $1 off admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

Be sure and gear up for the weekend – you can purchase souvenirs and commemorative items online or in person at our Gift Shop. Don’t forget, members are entitled to a 10% discount!

Wednesday, Sept 17, 2014
7pm: The Vermont Civil War Songbook presentation with Linda Radtke & Arthur Zorn (Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council)
1-4:pm: Museum open

Thursday, Sept 18, 2014
10am – 4pm: Museum open
7pm: The St. Albans Raid presentation with Howard Coffin (Hosted by the 150th Commemoration Committee, Bliss Room, St. Albans Historical Society & Museum)

Friday, Sept 19, 2014
Daily: Special 1860s entrees at local restaurants
Daily: St. Albans Raid History Walking Tours (in front of the Museum; additional fee)
10am-4pm: Antique & Quilt Show (City Hall)
10am-4pm: Museum open
2pm: Reenactors’ Camps set-up
7pm: Vermont & The Civil War presentation with Howard Coffin (Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society, sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council)

Saturday, Sept 20, 2014
Daily: Special 1860s entrees at local restaurants
Daily: St. Albans Raid History Walking Tours (in front of the Museum; additional fee required)
9am: Reenactors’ Camps open to the public
9-10:30am: Drill, maneuvers, artillery, cavalry
10-11am: Citizen’s Band performs in Taylor Park
10am: Cavalry Drill at Houghton Park
10am-4pm: Museum open
10am-4pm: Antique & Quilt Show (City Hall)
10am-4pm: Character cutouts for photos
10am-2pm: Clara’s Games (children’s activities)
10:30-11am: Cadet Corps Drill (for children)
11-11:30am: Raiders’ Trial re-enactment (at the Courthouse)
11am-noon: 2nd South Carolina String Band performance
Noon-12:30pm: Military camp cooking demonstration
12:30-1:30pm: Citizen’s Band in Taylor Park
2pm: St. Albans Raid re-enactment
2:45pm: Heritage Review (parade within Taylor Park)
3-4pm: 2nd South Carolina String Band performance
3:30 – 4pm: Raiders’ Trial re-enactment (at the Courthouse)
3:30 – 4pm: 1860s Church Service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
4-5pm: St. Albans Chorus in Taylor Park
6pm: Pre-Ball Promenade
8pm: Mayor’s Ball

Sunday, Sept 21, 2014
9am: St. Albans Raid Half-Marathon
Daily: Special 1860s entrees at local restaurants
Daily: St. Albans Raid History Walking Tours (In front of the Museum; additional fee)
9am: Reenactors’ Camps open to the public
9-10:30am: Drill, maneuvers, artillery, cavalry
10am: Cavalry drill at Houghton Park
10am-4pm: Museum open
10am-4pm: Antique & Quilt Show (City Hall)
10am-2pm: Character cutouts for photos
10am-1pm: Clara’s Games (children’s activities)
11am-noon: 2nd South Carolina String Band performance
1pm: St. Albans Raid re-enactment
1:30pm: Heritage Review (parade within Park)
2pm: Closing Ceremony (following Heritage Review)

Museum to Host Two Vermont Humanities Council Presentations

The Vermont Civil War Songbook – September 17, 7:00pm
Dressed in period costume, singer/researcher Linda Radtke shares songs from Vermont during the Civil War period, with engaging commentary and letters from Vermont soldiers. Seldom-heard songs from the Vermont Historical Society include the comic but poignant “Grafted into the Army,” “Yankee Robinson at Bull Run,” “Neath the Pines of Vermont” (in which a soldier returns home to die), a satirical song about Jefferson Davis, and sentimental ballads from Vermont during the period. Linda Radtke is joined by pianist Arthur Zorn in this program for all audiences that brings the Civil War period in Vermont to life through music and letters.

Vermont and the Civil War – September 19, 7:00pm
From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War.

Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum and sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, these events are free, accessible, and open to the public. Part of the St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration.

Archaeology of the Missisquoi Delta

Join us on Friday, September 5 at 6:30pm at the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum to celebrate Vermont Archaeology Month.

Archaeologist Gemma Hudgell from the Northeast Archaeology Research Center (NEARC) will summarize the exciting results of their large-scale archaeological excavations along Route 78 in Swanton. The Missisquoi floodplain setting preserved a remarkable record of human occupation spanning nearly 7,000 years. Admission is free.

For more information: call (802) 828-3981 or email Jeannine.Russell@state.vt.us

What’s New in the Museum Gift Shop?

Now For Sale in the Museum Gift Shop: Limited Edition bonnets and lace snoods crafted by local artists Cindy Leadbeater and Cathy Cummings for the St. Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Commemoration. These handmade period replicas pay tribute to 1864 – so show your support for the fashion of the day or complete your historic kit in time for the Mayor’s Ball. There are many patterns available, and you are sure to find one that suits your style. For more information, contact the Museum or visit our Gift Shop, Tuesday – Friday from 1-4pm or Saturday from 10am-2pm.

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Civil War Ladies Tea

Join us on September 13 from 2-4pm for this special event at the home of Barb and Bill Duval in a historic farmhouse dating to 1795. Tea, punch, pastries and other savories will be served. Period dress is encouraged and a donation of $15 is suggested. Proceeds benefit the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum and are greatly appreciated! Kindly RSVP by phone 802-527-7933 or email museum@stamuseum.org to receive more details and directions. Please include your contact information in case of a location change due to inclement weather. We hope to see you there!

OLLI Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 OLLI St. Albans series has been announced. You can find a listing on the Museum calendar, as well as at the OLLI website.

All lectures are on Wednesdays at 11am and will be held at the St. Albans Historical Society & Museum (9 Church Street) in the historic Bliss Room (third floor). The site is fully accessible, with parking behind the museum.

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the current semester. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture. Semester membership fees are $40 per individual, or $70 per couple.

Send membership dues to:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – St. Albans
John A. Newton, Treasurer
29 Country Club Estates
Swanton, VT 05488-3008

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont (UVM).
Become a member today!

Membership in your local OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles you to attend programs at any of the other 7 OLLI sites throughout Vermont, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI programs on the UVM campus. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.