From bullets to ballots, Vermont votes

Gregory Sanford, former State of Vermont archivist, will give a quick look at voting and citizenship in Vermont on Sept. 22 at the Vermont Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Fall Conference in Montpelier.

Former State Archivist Gregory Sanford will set the stage for the Vermont Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Fall Conference through his idiosyncratic look at Vermont elections. After 30 years immersed in Vermont history from the State Archives, he will share his perspective and his humor on Sept. 22 during the conference Vermont Votes: Historic Elections in the Green Mountain State.

“With upcoming elections on your mind, we have a rich history of Vermonters at the polls to reflect upon,” explained Mark Hudson, Vermont Historical Society’s executive director. “At our 174th Annual Meeting we will gain a greater understanding of Vermont’s electoral past.”

In addition to Gregory Sanford’s keynote presentation, historian Frank Bryan will examine four referendum ballot issues that have been presented in Vermont: the Green Mountain Parkway, the service of women on juries, local option for alcohol sales, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Also, political commentator Chris Graff will moderate a panel discussion about the significance of the 1962 gubernatorial election and statewide politics in that era. The panel will include Anthony Marro and Stephen C. Terry, two of the authors of the recent Phil Hoff biography. The day will conclude with a reception and book-signing event at the Vermont History Museum.

The Vermont Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Fall Conference will take place from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Vermont History Museum located in the Pavilion building, 109 State Street, Montpelier. Reservations are requested by Sept. 14.

The registration fee is $20 for Vermont Historical Society members and students; $25 for non-members. The fee covers all programs, lunch, afternoon reception, and book-signing. Please contact Diane Campbell at (802) 479-8503 to register or go online: www.vermonthistory.org/annmtg.

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