Vermont’s top 10 Civil War sesquicentennial exhibits and events announced by Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing

News Release — Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
April 24, 2013

Jen Butson
Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing,
Agency of Commerce and Community Development
[email protected]


MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) today announced the 2013 Top 10 Exhibits and Events competition winners. Top 10 events and exhibits are selected annually and are chosen for their efforts to bring to life Vermont’s Civil War experience with history from the homefront and battlefield.

“The quality and breadth of these exhibits, organizations and events are exemplary,” VDTM Cultural Heritage Tourism Coordinator Catherine Brooks said. “This year, Rokeby Museum opens a multi-media exhibit presenting the true stories of two escaped slaves who were helped by a Ferrisburgh, Vt. family in the 1830’s. Lost Nation Theater and the Dorset Theatre Festival are producing provocative Civil War plays. Commemorative large-scale events like the St. Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend feature eye-opening Civil War soldier and civilian living history encampments.”

Top 10 museums include:

· Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

· The American Precision Museum, Windsor

· Bennington Museum

· Vermont Historical Society’s Heritage Galleries, Barre

Top 10 arts and humanities organizations include:

· Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier

· Dorset Theatre Festival

· Vermont Council on the Humanities, Montpelier

Top 10 historic organizations include:

· The 18th Vermont

· Champlain Valley Historic Reenactors & St. Albans Raid Sesquicentennial Planning Group

· Cambridge Historical Society

“2013 is a great year for exploring Vermont’s Civil War history,” Mark Hudson, chair of the Governor-appointed Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission said. “We’re especially excited about the 2013 Signature Event, Ransom, a musical inspired by Civil War letters written by Rochester, Vt. residents that opens this Friday at Lost Nation Theater.”

For a complete calendar of Vermont Civil War events and exhibits visit and for travel planning around these events, please visit

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