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Former longtime Addison Independent photographer Trent Campbell has pulled out some of his best images of Addison County people and will show the work at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History beginning on April 2 in an exhibit titled, “The Faces of Addison County.” Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Trent Campbell’s legions of fans will soon be able to get a gander at some of his particularly prized pictures taken during his two-decade career as the Addison Independent’s photographer. The 24 photos will be part of a show titled “The Faces of Addison County” that will be on exhibit at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History beginning Friday, April 2. The show includes Campbell’s favorite photos showing area residents of all ages at work, play, parades, Addison County Fair and Field Days and other familiar places. Trent Campbell amassed a mountain of awards and...

MISS POLLARD BY photographer C.M. Bell, c. 1890, Library of Congress
From the Sheldon Museum Archives: Last year we published several articles about remarkable local women in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted most American women the right to vote. In this two-part series, we focus on two amazing women who challenged the status quo of late nineteenth-century life. Their stories offer just a glimpse of what is hidden in our archives. This is the second article published in this series. Read the first here. Central to the stories of both Sophonisba and W.C.P Breckinridge, but absent from...

SOPHONISBA BRECKINRIDGE, INK sketch, c. 1900, Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
From the Sheldon Museum Archives: Last year we published several articles about remarkable local women in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted most American women the right to vote. In this two-part series, we focus on two amazing women who challenged the status quo of late nineteenth-century life. Their stories offer just a glimpse of what is hidden in our archives.  This past summer, archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart and I discovered two portrait drawings in the Sheldon archives. Inscriptions reveal the pair to be “Miss Nisba...

LOOK FOR HENRY Luther Sheldon, founder of Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, hiding at five Addison County Sugar houses on Saturday, March 20. Image courtesy of the collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
The Sheldon Museum invites you to take a sweet mystery tour on Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and find museum founder Henry Sheldon at five Addison County sugarhouses. At each sugarhouse, look for a full-size image of Henry and take a picture with him. Then share your photos with the Sheldon Museum.   The tour will take you to Middlebury, Cornwall, Lincoln and Ferrisburgh. Maple products will be offered for sale at each sugar house. Each sugar house will welcome visitors following COVID-19 guidelines. Masks are required. Parking is available at each site.   Registration is $10/...

FIG. 1: AS the school year began in Middlebury in September 1889, children were invited to attend a performance of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” produced by G. P. Stetson.
In Celebration of Black History Month, from the Sheldon Museum Archives: This is a three-part series addressing the presence of Black Americans in early Addison County. Two weeks ago, we introduced the topic and shared relevant documents available at the Sheldon’s archives; last week we told a story of Middlebury Black resident Prince King; today we outline the Twilight Project and explain how Middlebury College students are using local archives to research difficult moments of local history. —- —— —— —— —— As the school year began in Middlebury in September 1889, children were invited to...

ADDISON COUNTY MAP, 1857 Courtesy of Sheldon Museum Archives
In Celebration of Black History Month, From the Sheldon Museum Archives: This is a three-part series addressing the presence of Black Americans in early Addison County. Last week, we introduced the topic and shared relevant documents available at the Sheldon’s archives; today we tell a fascinating story of Middlebury Black resident, Prince King; the last essay will outline the Twilight Project and explain how Middlebury College students are using local archives to research difficult moments of local history. In the Sheldon Museum Research Center, there is a map of Addison County that lists...

Fig. 2: Children, Bristol, VT, 1892. COURTESY OF THE HENRY SHELDON COLLECTION
In Celebration of Black History Month, from the Sheldon Museum Archives — This is a three-part series addressing the presence of Black Americans in early Addison County. Today we introduce the topic and share relevant documents available at the Sheldon’s archives; part two will tell a fascinating story of Middlebury Black resident Prince King; the last essay will outline the Twilight Project and explain how Middlebury College students are using local archives to research difficult moments of local history. There is a thin line between benign neglect and purposeful disinterest in gathering...
MIDDLEBURY —Valentine romance is in the air and the Sheldon Museum is offering two ways to express your love – “Folded Love” is a virtual origami Valentine card activity and “Love Lines” let’s you write a valentine sentiment that will appear in the Addison Independent. Tell them you love them in more than words with an origami Valentine card. Start with the image of the vintage Cupid Valentine pictured here from the Sheldon Museum’s archives and fold it into an origami heart with your message inside. The Sheldon will provide an instructional video for creating the card. “Folded Love” has two...

MEMORIAL HAIR WREATH, 1835-55, detail. Created by Emma Adele Myrick with hair from of members of the Myrick and Russell families of Vermont. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
The Henry Sheldon Museum will present “Forget Me Not: Memorial Practices in 19th-Century Vermont,” a talk by Professor Ellery Foutch on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. In this talk presented via Zoom, Professor Ellery Foutch will discuss memorial wreaths and mourning objects created in Vermont in the 1800s. Crafted from hair, fabric and materials considered precious to the deceased, these artifacts offer a window into the lives and emotions of Vermonters of the past. Some of the hairwork examples are from the Sheldon Museum’s collection. Professor Foutch is currently teaching a Middlebury...

AN 'OVER-THE-Top Vintage Christmas" tree by Robin Huestis
MIDDLEBURY — This year, the Henry Sheldon Museum of History’s annual Miniature Christmas Tree Raffle features nine one-of-a-kind, 24-inch tall miniature Christmas trees decorated and donated by talented craftspeople. Because of the need for social distancing, this year’s raffle is online. The raffle of these works of art will support the museum’s children’s education programs.  The festive trees are adorned with a vast array of enticing ornaments that will enchant children and adults. This year’s trees include: “Woodland Winter” by Nancie Dunn of the Sweet Cecily shop featuring felted...

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