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
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
Louise Haynes, Secretary
Charlie Moore, Vice President
John Newton, President
Don Poirier, Treasurer
Alex Lehning, Executive Director