SAM Announces “Farming Franklin County” Exhibit for 2018

The Saint Albans Museum is pleased to announce the development of a new exhibition, “Farming Franklin County,” which will explore the history and heritage of agriculture in St. Albans and greater Franklin County.

The purpose of this project is to tell story of the people and places that define rural life, agricultural/food production, and farming practices in our community, as well as those of local affiliated businesses and organizations.

A committee of Museum members and community volunteers has been formed to research, develop, and install the exhibit – which will debut just prior to the 2018 season opening next May.

“We are looking forward to telling the story of Franklin County agriculture. The economic and social importance, its technology and science, the people, and what time has changed in producing our food and fiber will all be highlighted,” said Don McFeeters, Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Museum.

The public is invited and encouraged to participate in this project. If you have a photograph, special memory, document, or artifact to contribute, please call 802-527-7933 or email museum@stamuseum.org to schedule an appointment to make a donation. We ask that all contributions include a story explaining the material or item when possible.

SAM is also seeking sponsors to help finance this important local history effort – contact the Museum for more information about how you can become involved.

“Historically, Saint Albans has been known as a capital city for butter, maple, and dairy products” said Alex Lehning, SAM’s Executive Director. “The agricultural impact of our area was – and is – significant throughout New England and the US. This exhibit will document those essential contributions by our community from farm to table – and everywhere in between.”

The Saint Albans Museum was founded in 1966 (as the Saint Albans Historical Society), and is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and heritage of Saint Albans and northwest Vermont through programs, exhibitions, performances, and special events.

Photos: Undated images from the Point Farm, owned by J. Gregory Smith. From the collections of the Saint Albans Museum.