Additional updates, educational resources, and information will be posted throughout the month of November. Please check back often. Do you have a story, photograph, or artifact related to St. Albans and the Great War that you would like to share with the Museum? Please contact us.

“Men in A Day” – St. Albans Machine Gun Company
View an article from the July 1928 American Legion Monthly magazine, and learn more about the high school students and community members from St. Albans who served during the Great War.

Vermont in the Great War
A historical perspective from the Burlington Free Press can be found here.

How World War I Revolutionized Medicine
Advances during the “first mass killing of the 20th century” have saved countless lives since. Learn more here.

The Scars of World War I
One hundred years after the end of the bloodshed, a photographer finds personal connections to the war. Read more here.

The Fading Battlefields of World War I
This year will mark the passing of a full century since the end of World War I—a hundred years since the “War to End All Wars.” In that time, much of the battle-ravaged landscape along the Western Front has been reclaimed by nature or returned to farmland, and the scars of the war are disappearing. Some zones remain toxic a century later, and others are still littered with unexploded ordnance, closed off to the public. But across France and Belgium, significant battlefields and ruins were preserved as monuments, and farm fields that became battlegrounds ended up as vast cemeteries. In these places, the visible physical damage to the landscape remains as evidence of the phenomenal violence and destruction that took so many lives so long ago. More information here.

Taps – History & Performance
How Did ‘Taps’ Originate? Learn more about the origins of the somber bugle melody here. See below for a video featuring buglers of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” perform over 5000 missions a year in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

The Poetry of World War One
Roughly 10 million soldiers lost their lives in World War One, along with seven million civilians. The horror of the war and its aftermath altered the world for decades, and poets responded to the brutalities and losses in new ways.From poems written in the trenches to elegies for the dead, these poems commemorate the Great War. Featuring works by civilians as well as those who served – from the Poetry Foundation.

Official Bells of Peace Participation App
This app from the World War One Centennial Commission allows you to participate and ‘toll the bells’ anywhere from your smartphone or tablet. Learn more here.

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New St. Mary’s School Display at SAM

SAM is excited to share another new display this season featuring the history of St. Mary’s school! The exhibit includes a variety of photographs, memorabilia, and records from school events, class programs, and sports teams – including this vintage stage curtain. Continue Reading

The Saint Albans Museum is dedicated to preserving our heritage and sharing the history of the people and places that define Franklin County. SAM is looking for your input – what tales do you have to tell? The Museum will present a biweekly pop-up display, highlighting a different story, favorite memory, and image or photograph featuring local residents, area businesses/organizations, and historic architecture of St. Albans.

Do you have a story to share? We want to hear it! SAM relies on our fellow community members to help keep our local history alive for future generations. If you know of an amazing person, event, or story about your family, please send a brief description to Emma Helmken, Outreach & Programming Intern, by email or call (802) 527-7933.

SAM Announces Inaugural Glow Golf Fundraiser

The Saint Albans Museum is hosting their first annual “Glow” Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 25, beginning at 6:30PM at Arrowhead Golf Course.

Get ready to play golf like you never have before – it’s brighter at night! This special evening tournament will feature a 4-person team, shotgun/scramble-style format, played with glow-in-the-dark golf balls (provided). The flags, tees and fairways will light-up and guide your way through the course. This event is limited to 36 players, and registration is available online or by calling (802) 527-7933. Cash prizes and golf gear will be awarded to the top teams. Continue Reading

Join SAM ‘Across the Fence’ on May 21

Join SAM on “Across the Fence” on Monday, May 21 at 12:10pm on WCAX TV as we explore the history and heritage of agriculture in our community. SAM Co-President Don McFeeters and Executive Director Alex Lehning will share the story of our newest exhibit, Farming Franklin County.

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Miss the live broadcast? You can watch the full episode here.