Bellows Free Academy China Service

This four-piece place setting from the BFA china service represents a mystery.  When was this china acquired and by whom?  How was it used?  Research reveals that the china was purchased in the late 1930s – early 1940s from the Salem China Company, an enterprise dating from 1898 in Salem, Ohio.  Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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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The Saint Albans Museum is interested in connecting with Franklin County residents who helped make history this Inauguration weekend – both in Montpelier and Washington, DC.

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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.

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Apron Stories: Réveillon

This apron, donated by Suzanne Montagne of Seattle, Washington, was worn by her grandmother, Blanche Beaulieu Viens.  It may be that Blanche, Mrs. Albert Viens, made this apron from a flour sack, a common practice in the early 1900s. Continue Reading

SAM’s Executive Director, Alex Lehning, spoke with Local 22/44 about the importance of Pearl Harbor Day and a WWII connection to St. Albans. Continue Reading