Greensboro Historical Society
29 Breezy Avenue
Greensboro, Vermont 05841
| Summer Hours (July and August)
|Tue, Wed, Thu 10:30 - 2:30pm|
|Saturday 10 - 12|
Since its founding in 1977, the Greensboro Historical Society has brought together diverse people from the community: descendants of founding families, new residents, members of the summer community, school children, working people and those who have chosen to retire in our town. All come together to celebrate and learn from our predecessors in this special place.
Our membership in this small town is more than 300 families.
Upcoming GHS Events:
Join us for our Winter Meeting Presentation:
"Historical items from the Vermont Historical Society archives"
with Steve Perkins, Executive Director of the Vermont Historical Society
Sunday, March 10th at 2pm, @ Fellowship Hall
The Museum is now closed for the season & will re-open in July
Summer Presentation: "The First Vermonters -- Indigenous People"
Presentation by Bobby Farlice-Rubio of Fairbanks Museum
The Abenaki people have lived in Vermont for thousands of years, and they are still here today. By focusing on the individual lives of seven famous Abenakis from different centuries, we’ll explore how their culture has survived the centuries and evolved to meet the challenges of a changing world. We’ll also discover how the Abenaki Nation has shaped the present and future of all of Vermont’s people.
When: August 6th (Monday) at 7:30pm
Where: Fellowship Hall of the Greensboro United Church of Christ
Summer Exhibit: "Greensboro in the Gazette - Photos from 1978 - 1994"
Where: Greensboro Historical Society building
Previous Fall Presentation:
Fall Presentation: Lauren Sopher, UVM Graduate Student - "PLACE" Presentation
The GHS (along with the Greensboro Planning Commission) helped support Lauren Sopher with her culminating project from the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning graduate program at the University of Vermont. This "PLACE" project focused on the "Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement" of Greensboro Bend.
Click on the image to the right to view the video.
When: November 1st (Thursday) at 7pm
Where: St. Michael's Church Hall in Greensboro Bend
Previous Winter Presentation:
Winter Presentation: "Tales from The Selectboard"
The GHS annual winter meeting featured a panel discussion with selectpersons who have previously served on the Greensboro Town Selectboard. “The Selectboard” told stories of their time on the board, the humorous stories, and the difficult times.
Click on the image to the right to view the video and to find out how their wisdom helped to shape the history of Greensboro.
Selectboard Panel comprised: Marsha Gadoury, Larry Lumsden, Mike Metcalf, Tim Nisbet, Anne Stevens & George Young
When: March 4th (Sunday) at 2pm
Where: Fellowship Hall of the Greensboro United Church of Christ
Previous Summer Exhibit:
The Greensboro Historical Society Museum’s 2017 summer exhibit on Old China Hands in Greensboro featured four Greensboro Families whose ancestors traveled to China in the 1800s and whose succeeding generations grew up and lived in China into the 1940s and left China during the Japanese invasion of China. The four families are Corbett (Irwin), Hamilton/Allman (Burnham), Winston/Hale (Bascom) and Houghton/Freeman.
The focus of the exhibit was on the experience of these families’ lives in China and the connections that drew these families together, both in China and then later as summer and year-round residents in Greensboro. The exhibit showed – through photographs, film, documents, artifacts and a map and timeline – what took the four families to China, how they lived, where they worked and how world events shaped their lives.
When: Summer 2017
Where: Greensboro Historical Society Museum
The Fall 2018 edition of the GHS NEWSLETTER is now online.
Click here to view it.
A review of this past summer exhibit:
A Decade in Time - The 1980's in Greensboro with Hardwick Gazette Photos
Upcoming Talk: Presentation of Historical Artifacts
from Vermont Historical Society with Steve Perkins,
Executive Director of the Vermont Historical Society
Nancy Hill's "President's Corner"
A focus on GHS professional archivist Leslie Rowell
Review of the GHS Summer Presentation on Indigenous Peoples
by Bobby Farlice-Rubio of Fairbanks Museum
(Video is available below)
An update on the status of the GHS Museum & Offices
Forty Years of the Hazen Road Dispatch
Our new anthology of writings from that journal, is now available for sale at the historical society building and the Willey's Store at $24.95 per copy. Containing articles about Greensboro, Craftsbury, Hardwick, and Walden, it includes pieces by Allen Davis, Charlie Morrissey, Lewis Hill, Sally Fisher, Alan Howes and many others, Some of the older articles have been updated, and there are several new photographs.
As Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Greensboro summer resident Wallace Stegner wrote in the foreword to The History of Greensboro, the First Two Hundred Years (1990), "Local history is the best history, the history with more of its readers in it than any other kind. It is immediate, personally apprehended ... It is the record of human living in its daily complexity and the sense of place in it is strong." This insight helps to explain the strong support GHS continues to enjoy.
Click on the upper left-hand corner of the video below to see our recent videos!
What do we do?
- We produce varied publications (see the "Resources" menu items)
- We do original research, published since 1975 in our annual journal, The Hazen Road Dispatch (see the "Resources" menu items)
- We provide space for permanent display of artifacts from early Greensboro settlers and create special annual exhibits to highlight some aspect of the town's history in the new addition to the GHS building, completed in 2010; and we assemble albums containing photos and information from each exhibit (see the "Resources" and the "Photo Gallery" menu items)
- We arrange at least three annual lectures, panels, or general interest programs, including a winter meeting and summer meetings in July and August, on topics related to the year's theme (see the "Events" menu items)
- We sponsor educational seminars on historical themes
- We work with teachers and students at the local school to involve children in learning about their history
- We store records of several community organizations
- We collect and archive records, photos, genealogy data and historic artifacts from Greensboro families
- We record audiotapes and DVDs of individuals and meetings (see "Audio" and "Video" archives under the "Resources" menu item)
- We collect and file information on current events for future generations
- We sponsor walks to local spots of historical interest
- We enjoy monthly luncheon meetings and a summer ice cream social with old-time games for children; and we conduct an annual book sale each autumn.
Visit our friends and colleagues of the Vermont Historical Society online and at their two locations:
Vermont History Museum
109 State Street
Pavilion Building (next to the State House)
Normal hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday
Vermont History Center
Historic Spaulding School Building
60 Washington Street
Normal hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday–Friday