Would you like to investigate a person, organization, place, or event that was significant in the history of Chittenden County? Do you think something important to the county’s history has been overlooked and deserves attention? If so, you may be interested in applying for a research grant from the Chittenden County Historical Society (CCHS). Grants range from $100 to $1,000 and are made directly to individuals.
“With Charlotte and Hinesburg celebrating the 250th anniversary of their founding this year, it’s an opportune time for local residents to delve into their town’s history,” remarked Kathleen McKinley Harris, the vice president of the Chittenden County Historical Society and past recipient of a research grant from the organization. “Wouldn’t this be a wonderful starting point for a CVU student’s grad challenge presentation?” she commented, noting that “the Chittenden County Historical Society welcomes applications from young and old alike, both amateur historians, and professionals.”
“Don’t forget Shelburne,” added Carol Casey, a Shelburne resident and current President of CCHS, “because we have an interesting history as well. Pick your passion – whether it be researching a famous founder, how a road got its name, what early industries thrived in our community, or something else entirely. There’s no shortage of topics still to be explored.”
A simple one-page application, submitted by July 9 is required. Grants will be awarded at the Society’s annual meeting on July 22 at the Charlotte Congregational Church. Application forms and additional information may be obtained from Sylvia Bugbee (firstname.lastname@example.org); Deborah Ormsbee (email@example.com); or on the Chittenden County Historical Society website (http://cchsvt.org/). Please send or email applications to Sylvia Bugbee, Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405, by the July 9 deadline.