During each season, SAM hosts special traveling/loaned exhibitions. These limited engagement displays will be located in the Bliss Room.

2019 Season

The 2019 schedule of special exhibits will be announced in the spring.

2018 Season

Everywhere A Sign
Dates: On loan from the Vermont Historical Society – June 8 to August 8, 2018.
About: Signs are everywhere. They inform, educate and promote. Over time, many signs become a part of their communities. They are a way to orient visitors or a source of shared memory. Featuring panels from the Vermont Historical Society as well as historical signs from the collections of the Saint Albans Museum, this exhibit examines the distinct and diverse roles signs play in our everyday. Through images and text, you can explore the progression from colonial-era signs that utilized symbols as a common language, to the digital signs of today that can change their message every minute. The diversity, artistry and impact of signs on our everyday lives are immeasurable. What sign will you notice next?

World War I and America
Dates: On loan from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History – August 9 – September 6, 2018.
About: World War I was a watershed event that reshaped American lives. The United States abandoned its history of isolation and assumed a larger role in the world. In 1914 most Americans wished to avoid engagement in a European war. By 1917 most Americans supported the government’s call for unity and sacrifice to defeat enemies who threatened their future, although a few continued to oppose war on humanitarian and other grounds. Participation in the war fostered hopes of increasing rights for African Americans, women, and immigrants, but wartime legislation, including the Espionage and Sedition Acts, curtailed individual and constitutional liberties and led to a retreat from the reforms of the Progressive era. The mixed legacies of World War I shaped the direction of American society for the next generation. How did the men and women who lived through America’s World War I view their experiences of wartime service and sacrifices on the home front? A century later, we ask viewers to set aside modern assumptions and look at the war through the eyes of Americans who lived it.

2017 Season

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Invented Modern America
Dates: On loan from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History

This exhibition examines Hamilton’s central role during the Revolutionary War and Founding period in creating the economic, constitutional, social, journalistic, political, and foreign policy templates for modern America. Using reproductions from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and the Library of the New-York Historical Society, and drawing on recent scholarship about Alexander Hamilton, this traveling exhibition helps students learn that Hamilton was a statesman and visionary whose life shaped the America we live in two hundred years after his death.