SAM to host Women’s History Month performance on April 12

The Saint Albans Museum will host their third annual Women’s History Month program on Wednesday, April 12 at 7pm in the Bliss Room, featuring a reader’s theater performance of Eve Merriam’s “Out of Our Fathers House.” The cast and crew are comprised entirely of community volunteers, under the direction of local actor, volunteer, and Peace Corps veteran John Bielicki.

This presentation, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc, is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. It is sponsored by the Saint Albans Museum, Peoples Trust Co. and Hannaford’s.

According to the National Women’s History Project, Women’s History Month, which occurs annually in March, was formally recognized by Congress in 1987, and has been promoted by state and local governments in various forms since the 1970s.

“Celebrating Women’s History Month is a newer tradition here at SAM that we are all especially proud of,” said Alex Lehning, Executive Director of the Saint Albans Museum. “Our volunteer performers generously share their time and talents to help bring these stories to life in such a unique and engaging way, and you can see them connect with the audience. That’s really the goal of any museum.”

This moving play is drawn from the diaries, journals and letters of women: a schoolgirl– founder of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, an astronomer, a labor organizer, a minister, a doctor and a woman from the Jewish ghetto. They are seen as they grow up, marry, bear children and face being ostracized for wanting careers.

Cast of Characters
ELIZA SOUTHGATE (1783-1809): schoolgirl
ELIZABETH CADY STANTON (1815-1902): founder of the Women’s Suffrage Movement
MARIA MITCHELL (1818-1889): astronomer
“MOTHER” MARY JONES (1830-1930): labor organizer
DR. ANNA HOWARD SHAW (1847-1919): minister and doctor
ELIZABETH GERTRUDE STERN (1890-1954): survivor of the Jewish Ghetto

Something Borrowed Postponed

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it became necessary for the Saint Albans Museum to postpone our second annual “Something Borrowed” alternative wedding show/flea market, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Last year, we welcomed hundreds of brides/grooms-to-be and their families into the Bliss Room to find re-purposed, DIY, up-cycled, and gently used wedding items – and our goal is the same for this special event in 2017.

We plan to re-schedule for late summer/early fall, and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to secure a new date with our community vendors. Thank you again for your interest in Something Borrowed, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

USCIS to Welcome 44 New US Citizens at SAM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  will present 44 citizenship candidates to the Honorable John M. Conroy, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court Vermont District, during a naturalization ceremony at the St. Albans Museum this Thursday. Judge Conroy will preside over the ceremony and administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens.

The citizenship candidates represent the following 18 countries:  Australia, Bhutan (12), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Canada (11), People’s Republic of China, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Russia, Somalia, Sweden, Thailand, and Uzbekistan.

Judge Conroy and St. Albans Museum’s Executive Director, Alex Lehning, will provide welcoming remarks to the new U.S. citizens and guests. Students from the Bellows Free Academy Chorus will perform musical selections.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the requirements established by Congress. After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), and YouTube (/uscis).

WHO: Citizenship candidates
Honorable John M. Conroy, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court Vermont District
Alex Lehning,  St. Albans Museum Executive Director

Thurs, Mar. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m.

WHERE: St. Albans Museum,

9 Church Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

CONTACT(S): Anita Rios Moore, USCIS Public Affairs Officer, at (202)604-9832 or Twitter @USCISMediaVT
NOTE: Media should arrive at least 15 – 30 minutes early to allow time for set-up.

Saint Albans & The Great War

The Saint Albans Museum is currently searching for information about the impact of World War I on our community. In 2017, we plan to highlight some of the artifacts and other material from our collections and archives related to ‘The Great War.’ There will be a series of articles and excerpts published on our website and social media as well.

SAM is also looking to members of the community to share stories and objects (photographs, newspaper clippings, war records, letters) from family members who served or participated in the war effort.
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Saint Albans Museum 2016 Annual Report

Saint Albans Museum: 2016 Annual Report

Note: You can download a PDF version here.

The Saint Albans Museum (SAM) is proud to be your community museum, and a center for learning and discovery. This season, we welcomed over 1,000 students, area residents, and visitors to explore our regional heritage through exhibits, tours, research projects, educational programs, and special events.

SAM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2016. It is our mission to collect and preserve historical and cultural material relevant to our community, and to display and interpret selected material from the collections for the education and enjoyment of the public. The exhibits at SAM are open seasonally (May – early October), and the Research Room is available by appointment. The Bliss Room may be reserved throughout the year for special events, weddings, meetings, and other functions.

A significant component of our mission is education. SAM received funding from the Leadem Foundation and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership to collaborate with educators and students from our area schools.  Currently, students from Bellows Free Academy are putting the finishing touches on a new St. Albans Walking Tour app, which features images, video, and a history of our community and local architecture in both French & English. We also joined with St. Albans City School students to plan a Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens, and with St. Albans Town Educational Center students to create displays for their version of the “Seven Wonders of St. Albans.”

SAM offered a number of presentations, free and open to the public, on historical topics including: the Central Vermont Railway, maple syrup production, Vermont topography, a Civil War veteran & entrepreneur from St. Albans, and more. In addition, we staged a community production of a one-act play for Women’s History Month, hosted a Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture, and organized Franklin County’s only alternative wedding show and flea market, “Something Borrowed.” Over 300 youth and family members attended our first ever “Kid’s Night at the Museum,” and our Maple Festival Open House was also a success. A partnership to develop a new history display with Northwestern Medical Center was announced as well.

We debuted several displays this summer, featuring a War of 1812 cannon and three of the original “Ladies” from the Taylor Park Fountain. Our new women’s history exhibit received an award from the Vermont Historical Society.  Another highlight was a loaned postcard collection with images of St. Albans Bay. Plans are underway for two new exhibits in 2017 highlighting St. Albans City and Town: one detailing local fraternal, social, and civic organizations, and a second focused on the importance of agriculture to our area.

We rely on the generosity of our members, volunteers, and friends to operate our historic facility (constructed in 1861), and to offer a variety of family-friendly programs and activities. Please be in touch to learn how you can become more involved in your community museum – or if you would like to donate material relevant to the history of St. Albans to our collections and archives. You can connect with SAM online, by phone, or by mail:

PO Box 722
9 Church Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 527-7933

From all of us at the Saint Albans Museum, we truly appreciate your support over this past half-century – we look forward to the next 50 years!

Board of Trustees
Ron Anstey
David Chambers
Lisa Cioffi
Barb Duval
Louise Haynes, Secretary 
AJ McDonald
Don McFeeters
Charlie Moore, Vice President
Jim Murphy
John Newton, President 
Don Poirier, Treasurer
Patty Rainville
Laz Scangas
Kim Smith

Alex Lehning, Executive Director