The Saint Albans Museum would like to express our support for area students and educators, their families, and our community members who will be transitioning to online and home-based learning during the next several weeks. We will continue to update this page daily with videos, articles, documents, and other activities related to our local history. We hope these historical materials will provide unique enrichment opportunities or may supplement your social studies curriculum.
As a museum educator and adjunct instructor with the Community College of Vermont, I will do my best to accommodate specific topic requests. Please contact me with any questions.
Alex Lehning, MA
PS: You can find the latest updates regarding the impact of COVID-19 on SAM’s public programming and events here.
- “DIY” Museum – a fun activity guide for Junior Curators (of all ages) to create their own museum…right at home!
- Make a Map – for Junior Cartographers (of all ages); create your own map…explore your own neighborhood or backyard, and seek out hidden treasure!
- Time Capsule – Natalie Long has designed a time capsule kit for both kids and adults to reflect upon and document their everyday experiences living in the time of coronavirus. Learn more and download (multiple languages/formats available) at https://letsembark.ca/time-capsule
- Family Tree – Explore the stories of your own family and learn about the process of genealogy
- Family Recipe Book – Discover how you can bring history to life in the kitchen!
- Learn & Practice Morse Code – Send and receive messages using a 200+ year-old ‘language’ from anywhere!
- DIY Newspaper – Extra! Extra! Read all about how you can make your own newspaper from home!
- “Armchair History: Dairy” – A conversation about Franklin County’s dairy heritage with retired agricultural educator Don McFeeters
Railroad History Resources
- “Armchair History: Train Talk” – A conversation about the history and impact of the Central Vermont Railway on St. Albans with retired railroad employee and community historian Jim Murphy
- “Across the Fence: Rail City” – SAM appeared on Across the Fence to preview their “Rail City History Project”
Saint Albans Museum
- “Across the Fence: Saint Albans Museum Virtual Tour“
- “360-Virtual Tour of the Saint Albans Museum” – Step inside 3 of our exhibit rooms, and check out virtual tours of other galleries and museums across Vermont at www.VermontArtOnline.org
- “A Young Robert Frost – OLLI at SAM” – Because Robert Frost lived to be eighty-nine, and because he took a long time to become famous, most of us have a mental picture of him with white hair. This talk looks at surprises in his life long before he was old—or famous.
- “Windmills and Garden Plots: French Canadian Settlement in the Champlain Valley – OLLI at SAM” – A discussion of the 18th and 19th century settlement of French Canadian Immigrants in the Champlain region from New France to the United States with Dr. Susan Ouellette, Professor of History and American Studies at Saint Michaels College.
- “Hotel Champlain at Maquam Bay – OLLI at SAM” – Ron Kilburn of the Swanton Historical Society presented the story of this local hotel from its inception to its ultimate demise, with multiple photos, maps, menus and stories.
Women’s History Month
- “The Resisters: 100 Women of the Year” – Time Magazine article, 1942
- Franklin County Women’s History Driving Tour (coming soon)
Just for Fun
- Download Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums / #ColorOurCollections Project
- 12 Virtual Tours of famous museums from around the world
There are two statewide initiatives dedicated to telling the story of life during the time of coronavirus. Please see below for additional information (we invite you to share your contributions for inclusion in SAM’s archives as well; please contact us to participate):
- From the Vermont Historical Society: Contribute your photographs, stories, poems, and videos of living through the COVID-19 crisis in Vermont. What’s different in your community – empty streets and empty shelves, signs and restrictions, people talking to each other across the street? What’s different in your own home – new routines, new office setups, new hobbies? Learn more at covid-19.digitalvermont.org
- From the Vermont Folklife Center: With so many of us in seclusion for our own safety and the safety of us all, how can we find strength in each other? The VFC believes that a pathway through anxiety, fear and uncertainty lies as much in the act of listening as it does in the act of telling one’s story. Get started at vermontfolklifecenter.org/covid19-updates/listening-in-place
Note: These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Saint Albans Museum of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. SAM bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.