SAM to join Museum Day Live! on September 23

The Saint Albans Museum will offer complimentary admission on Saturday September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities open their doors for free to those who download/print a Museum Day Live! ticket.  Continue Reading

SAM Closed 9-9-2017

FYI – the Saint Albans Museum will be closed on Saturday, September 9 2017 for our annual Board/staff retreat and training. See you next week!

Thanks to our amazing volunteer John St. Denis, you can now browse SAM’s complete collection of BFA (1930-present*) and St. Mary’s (1950-1969) yearbooks during your visit on our new digital workstation (located in the historic classroom exhibit).

*We’re missing BFA 1936 & 1973 – please contact us if you have a copy!

The Saint Albans Museum (SAM) is hosting their second annual Kid’s Night at the Museum on Wednesday, August 9 from 5-8pm.
Admission for children is free, and adults are only $5 each (with a maximum of $10 per family/group). Play in the bounce house, test your skills with games and activities, and enter our scavenger hunt and coloring contest for your chance to win great prizes. SAM has partnered with the St. Albans Recreation Department, the NCSS Family Center, RISE VT, and the Franklin County Dairy Promotion Board to offer this family-friendly evening with fun and learning for all ages.
Each attendee receives a ticket for dinner (pizza and fruit) and a choice of water or milk. Guided tours of the museum exhibits will also be available. There will also be a resource table with information about local organizations, agencies, and services specifically for families.
“Our historic building served as a school for over 100 years before it became a museum,” said Alex Lehning, Executive Director of the Saint Albans Museum. “A curiosity about the past is an important part of your identity no matter how old you are. We’re excited to return to our roots with for an evening of discovery and family fun.”

In Search Of Historic Saint Albans Directories & Telephone Books

One of the most useful resources we have at the Museum are our copies of old directories and telephone books for Saint Albans. They provide a wealth of information about local businesses and restaurants, community organizations, residents, and civic leaders. Often, these books are our only connection to a historical place.  Continue Reading

The Saint Albans Museum is hosting their Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 22 , in the Bliss Room (third floor). The Museum is located at 9 Church Street in St. Albans.

The evening will begin with a complimentary pasta dinner at 6:00pm (advance reservations requested, please), followed by a brief meeting and Trustee elections at 6:30pm. After the conclusion of business (approximately 7pm), there will be a special presentation by Don Wickman, entitled “Lake Champlain Over the Years.” Continue Reading

SAM to Host Hamilton Exhibition & Events in July 2017

The Saint Albans Museum is pleased to announce the exclusive Vermont appearance of the traveling exhibition “Hamilton: The Man Who Invented Modern America” during the month of July, featuring extended select evening hours.

The Museum will also host a special presentation by Prof. Willard Sterne Randall – “Hamilton: The Man and the Music” – on July 13 at 7pm.

Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most visionary founding fathers, is with us every day, not only in our wallets (on the $10 bill) and on Broadway, but also in the republic’s most vital institutions. The exhibit, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City, will be on display at the Saint Albans Museum from July 5 – 28, 2017. Continue Reading

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