New Exhibits

2019 Exhibits

President Coolidge, Plymouth

Presidential Menagerie: The Coolidges and Their Pets: During the Coolidge presidency, the White House was home to a veritable menagerie of domestic animals including dogs, cats, and birds.  President Coolidge also received exotic “pets” as gifts, including two lion cubs, a bear, a pygmy hippopotamus, and a wallaby. These animals quickly went to the national zoo in Washington, D.C.  The one exception was Rebecca, a semi-domesticated raccoon, who remained at the White House as an honored member of the family. 

More than Two Words: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge: This nationally award-winning exhibit uses Coolidge’s own words, objects from his life, and state-of-the-art interactive media to tell the story of how a boy from rural Plymouth Notch became the 30th President of the United States.

Chimney Point, Addison

Salmon and People in a Changing World. For the 2019 International Year of the Salmon, Chimney Point hosts this traveling exhibit from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. The exhibit covers the successful reintroduction of the Atlantic Salmon into Lake Champlain. 

A Brush with Nature: The Art of Lillian Kennedy. This exhibit uses art and words to explain the process of landscape painting, showing anyone can integrate it into their life. Related workshops on August 10.

Crossing Paths and Point of Contact. Exhibits on the Native American, French Colonial, English, and early American history of the area incorporate archaeological findings from the Lake Champlain Bridge.

Mount Independence, Orwell

Building Independence on Lake Champlain. Illustrates the role Mount Independence played in the American Revolution and explores the lives of the soldiers who in 1776 and 1777 built and garrisoned one of the largest defenses constructed by Continental forces in the war. Highlights include the talking soldier sculptures, mural, orientation film, and many artifacts, including a 3,000-pound cannon and two logs from the 1777 Great Bridge.

Hubbardton Battlefield, Hubbardton

Hubbardton Battle: American Rebels Stem the Tide, July 7, 1777. The significance of the Battle of Hubbardton in the larger context of the Revolutionary War is told through period artifacts, battle diorama, and a large fiber optic map with narration offering a vivid account of the progress of the battle.

Old Constitution House, Windsor

Curator’s Choice.  The Old Constitution House has been collecting rare and unusual items from the Windsor, Vermont region for more than a century.  This special exhibit highlights some of our favorite pieces in the collection, a few of which have never been publicly shown!  Opens June 15. 

Senator Justin Morrill, Strafford 

A Cultivated Mind in the Country. This exhibit in the Homestead Gallery explores the origins of Gothic Revival architecture, Justin Morrill’s interest in the style, and influences evident in the design of his extraordinary home.

JULY 5 – JULY 21

Reflections. In styles ranging from classical to abstract, and from realism to impressionism, Vermont artists present the world around us in a fresh light, exploring the theme Reflections.