The Vermont Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Fall Conference was the scene of congratulatory praise for a documentary produced by Vermont Public Television (VPT). This year’s prestigious Richard O. Hathaway award went to VPT for their masterful and engaging documentary “Little Jerusalem” – about the unique history and vitality of a Jewish community in Burlington. The annual Hathaway Award goes to an individual, group, or organization recognized as making an outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history.
“Little Jerusalem” is about Jewish immigrants from neighboring villages in rural Lithuania. During the late 19th century, they settled in Burlington – a bustling port amid countryside that reminded them of home. This VPT documentary is rich with archival images and features powerful interviews with descendants of the original settlers. Shelburne residents Mark Rosenthal and Harriet Coldny Rosenthal were interviewed in the documentary.
Mark Hudson, executive director of the Vermont Historical Society said, “VPT’s work captures the history of this community in North End Burlington determined to preserve religious traditions and retain its distinctive cultural identity.” Kathryn Scott, chief content officer for VPT, nominated “Little Jerusalem” for the Hathaway award, and the film was produced by Dorothy Dickie.
The Hathaway Award is dedicated to the memory of Richard O. Hathaway, whose lifelong work teaching Vermont history was an inspiration to his colleagues and to the many students he taught and mentored, both inside and outside academia. “Little Jerusalem” is on sale at the Vermont History Museum store or at www.vermonthistory.org/store.