Professional Development

On occasion, the Vermont Historical Society offers professional development workshops for educators. These workshops focus on teaching Vermont history, using primary sources in the classroom, and guiding students through National History Day projects.

Teacher Workshops

Vermont History: An Inquiry Approach
David Wells, Castleton University
July 10-August 11, 2019
July 10 & 11 at the Vermont Historical Society, 9:00-2:00
Online coursework through August 11
3 credits, $975

This course begins at the Vermont Historical Society where students will take advantage of its treasure trove of historical documents and artifacts to develop an inquiry based Vermont History unit. Students will blend together questions, sources and tasks that will bring a deeper and more engaging understanding of Vermont History to their classroom. This course will culminate with each participant having an inquiry based Vermont History unit they can teach in their classroom.

For more information and to register click here. Or contact David Wells at or (802) 661-4049.

For information on future workshops, contact Victoria Hughes at (802) 828-1413 or

Research Library

Teachers planning lessons are welcome to do research for free at the Leahy Library, located at the Vermont History Center in Barre. The library contains thousands of photographs, books, posters, maps, and other documents that tell the stories of Vermont.

Students in middle and high school grades can visit the library to discover the primary sources of Vermont’s past and hone their research skills. Please contact Victoria Hughes at or (802) 828-1413 to arrange a research experience for your students.

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