Museum Schedule

Our hours are Thursdays 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm and on the second and fourth Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. We are also open by appointment. You can contact us for research assistance by phone, 860-875-4326 or by email, vernonhs@sbcglobal.net.

We will be open on Sunday May 26th for visitors and researchers.

VHS Fund Raisers

VHS Book Sale 2024
       Another successful Book Sale has concluded. Many thanks to everyone who donated books, sorted and organized books and bought books!
We will start collecting books again in January 2025. In the meantime, keep on Reading!

Window Restoration Grant. The windows in the Museum building are nearly 100 years old and need restoring. We applied for a matching grant from the State Historic Preservation Office to complete this project. We were delighted to receive $40,825. Architect Robert Hurd prepared bid documents outlining the requirements for restoring the original windows.  Once this document was reviewed and accepted by the SHPO,  the  VHS Window Committee solicited bids from several qualified preservation contractors.  The committee met with representatives from each firm.  After reviewing the final bids, the Committee chose Proulx Building & Remodeling of Stafford Springs to perform the restoration.  Proulx has completed several successful historic restoration and/or rehabilitation projects in Eastern Connecticut.  At present work on the project should start in August and is expected to be done by October.  The Society thanks the State Historic Preservation Office for the grant to complete this long awaited project.

 

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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Upcoming Events

2024 Programs & Activities

Genealogy 101

Sunday June 9th at 2pm (correction)

Don't know how to begin researching and organizing your family history? Have you “hit a Brick Wall” with your research? On June 9 Diane LeMay will present a program at the Vernon Historical Society 734 Hartford Turnpike to provide you with the tools to embark on your own ancestral journey! Learn about vital records, federal records, such as census records and immigration, some tips when using online resources, and more. Click here to learn more about the program.

New Publication Covers Vernon's Colonial Era History
David Allis and the Birth of Vernon" by local historian Jon Roe sheds a light on Vernon's history when it was part of Bolton from its founding in 1720. In 1808 North Bolton became the Town of Vernon. Blending this history with the story of the prominent Allis family, readers will learn about life for settlers in the 18th century along with the role that David Allis and community leaders played in the American Revolution.
The book is available at the Vernon Historical Society for $18. For an additional fee of $4 for a padded envelope and postage, books can be sent by mail.

Special offer- Anyone making a $100 donation toward the Newspaper Digitization Project can receive a free copy of the book.

Supplies are limited so contact the Vernon Historical Society at 860-875-4326 or vernonhs@sbcglobal.net

Digitizing Our Local Newspapers
Click here to learn more about this project and how to donate.

Tolland County Journal: 1867-1884 
Rockville Journal:   1885-1899 and 1911-1968 
Rockville Leader:  1902, 1908, 1910, 1919-1964
Tri-Town Reporter:  1973-1984 

Newspaper project video- Our friends at the Community Voice Channel came to VHS for a "Behind the Scenes" look at the digitization project. Click here to view the video.  Many thanks to Sara and Melanie from CVC for producing this film!

VHS Video Productions
“Rockville High School:150 Years of Excellence and Community"

The RHS lecture was filmed by our friends at the Community Voice Channel. It can be viewed by clicking here.

"Remembering World War II” - Video 

In October 2021 the successful premier of the video production of “Boosting Our Morale: Soldiers’ Letters to the Rockville Journal During World War II” occurred. The video consisted of readings from letters written to the editor of the Rockville Journal during the War by local men and women in service.  Members of the Rockville High School Drama Club read the letters accompanying the film.

For those who could not attend, the film is available on the Society’s YouTube page.

Click here to follow the link

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.

The Art of Gustave Hoffman (1869-1945)

An exhibit of the etchings by local artist Gustave Hoffman is on display at the Museum. The pieces were collected by Michael Sharon and donated in honor of this parents, Dr. Michael and Jean Sharon.

Click here for a short video about this special exhibit.

Finding Aids for selected VHS collections included
in Connecticut's Archives Online Database.

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