Upcoming Events

VHS Virtual Fall Program “Goes Live” 

“History in Plain Sight: Monuments & Memorials in Vernon Connecticut” a special video presentation  will serve as our Fall Program for 2020.

 The video is available at the Society’s You Tube page. Go to youtube.com. Then search for Vernon Historical Society or use this link. https://youtu.be/3gKPPRwof4g 

Click here for a map of the locations featured. in the video.

The video was created with the assistance of VHS volunteers and members of the community. M5Digital Technologies donated their time to assemble the images and voiceover recordings into a finished film.

“History in Plain Sight: Monuments & Memorials in Vernon Connecticut” was designed to highlight places in town with historic significance. Another purpose for the film was to encourage viewers to visit these places, in effect combining education with exercise.

You have your assignment. Watch the film. Then go find the places.

Museum Operations

After Thanksgiving the Museum will close for a holiday break. We will reopen for visitors and researchers by appointment only after the New Year.  To read the procedures for visiting the Museum, click here

We encourage people to email or call us with any questions. A volunteer will be in touch to determine how we can help with research queries. Our phone number is 860-875-4326 and our email is vernonhs@sbcglobal.net

VHS Awarded Grants for Pandemic Relief

The Vernon Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $2,500 funded by the CARES Act, recently passed by Congress, to provide assistance to businesses, organizations and hardworking citizens impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Society also received a Stewardship Relief Grant of $1000 from State Historic Preservation Office.

Both grants will allow the Society to continue its work, maintain its location and make any adjustments needed to ensure that visitors will be able to visit to see exhibits in the museum section, conduct research work and enjoy learning in a safe and healthy environment.

Cool History Links to Explore

Lost Mill Sites in Tolland County  Each day a picture of a mill site appears with a clue to its location. The answer with historical background is revealed on the next day.

Manchester Herald Newspaper database Search digitized copies of the Manchester Herald newspaper which also carried news from Vernon and Rockville.

Mission Statement

The Vernon Historical Society is a volunteer operated, non-profit organization. The purpose of the Society is to create interest and activity in the field of local history.

The Museum building serves as a repository for a variety of collected materials that are available to the general public for research.

These collections aid historians, genealogists, and interested citizens in research, and provide source materials for exhibits, publications and programs.

During Museum hours, volunteers are present to answer questions and provide access to collected materials.

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 Virtual VHS

The COVID-19 virus prevents museums and local destinations from welcoming visitors physically. Like other venues, the Vernon Historical Society is sharing online content featuring unusual or fascinating materials from our collection .

Click here for a short video about the recently installed collection of etchings by local artist Gustave Hoffman. The link to the video will appear on the bottom left of the screen.

 

Visit our Facebook page to see weekly postings in our new series.

From the Archives will start in August 2020
with summer themed items.


Finding Aids for selected VHS collections included
in Connecticut's Archives Online Database.
Click on the logo to view.

Support Our Sponsors!

These organizations help the Society by placing business card ads in our newsletter. The VHS thanks these businesses and organizations for their support.