Speaker series looks at Sheldon’s future

What is “the elephant in the room” at museums? What topics do cultural heritage organizations shy away from, obscure or feel ill-equipped to address?

Henry Who? Exploring Sheldon’s life in pictures

Really? Henry L. Sheldon collected cartoons over 120 years ago? Yes! Last winter, in the midst of the pandemic, the Sheldon Museum was contacted by a known New Yorker cartoonist, Ed Koren. He explained that he was in possession of two bound volumes of Sun … (read more)

April showers, glass flowers?

April showers bring May flowers! Join Professor Ellery Foutch on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m., for “Everlasting Flowers: Botanical Models in New England Collections,” a springtime talk presented by the Henry Sheldon Museum about the study of botany in Ne … (read more)

Campbell picks his best photos to exhibit

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 Face … (read more)

History Makers, Part II: The Congressman’s mistress

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. I … (read more)

Women’s History Month: The statesman’s daughter

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. I … (read more)

Where in the world is Henry Sheldon?

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 wi … (read more)

From introspection to healing: The Twilight Project and the riches of local 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. Two weeks ago, we introduced the topic and shared relevant documents available at the … (read more)

Prince King: The first Black landowner in Middlebury

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 Shel … (read more)

Unseen neighbors: Black residents in Addison County

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 … (read more)

Origami Valentine cards on tap

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 Addiso … (read more)

Sheldon hosts talk on 19th Century memorials

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 … (read more)

Bid on Sheldon’s miniature Christmas trees

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 distanc … (read more)

Sheldon Museum presents a talk on women’s history

MIDDLEBURY — The Henry Sheldon Museum invites the general public and Sheldon Museum members to our virtual meeting featuring special guest speaker Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and coordinat … (read more)

Echoes from the Sheldon Museum Archives: The material world of Victorian mourning

As we reflect on the different kind of Halloween we experienced this year — overshadowed by the specters of both COVID-19 and a looming election — we are perhaps closer than ever to the historical origins of the holiday as a period of contemplation and re … (read more)

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