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Woodard exhbit

Exhibit reception and presentation:

"The Roots of My Raising," with George Woodard, Jr. 

February 3, 2024  |  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  |  Steele Community Room

The Waterbury Historical Society invites you to our inaugural exhibit in the Steele Community Room, “The Roots of My Raising,” with actor, filmmaker, and third-generation Waterbury farmer George Woodard, Jr. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to hear from George about his lifetime in Waterbury and beyond.

The Woodard Farm on Loomis Hill Road was established in 1912 when George’s grandfather, Walter, purchased the 200-some acre farm. In 2012, the farm was designated a Century Farm by the Vermont Farm Bureau and Vermont State Grange. Century Farms, which are increasingly rare, are those that have been owned and worked by the same family for 100 years.

George Jr. is also an award-winning filmmaker whose latest film, The Farm Boy, was screened at locations all over Vermont in 2023.

This exhibit is the first installation using the new picture hanging system in the Steele Community Room for rotating exhibits by the Historical Society and invited artists. 

This event is presented as part of Waterbury Winterfest 2024.  


The History of Eugenics in the Green Mountain State


March 7, 2024  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Waterbury Public Library SAL Room


Mercedes de Guardiola

Author and Historian

Mariessa Dobrick

Reference Archivist
Vermont State Archives

Rep. Tom Stevens

VT House of Representatives

Join us for a conversation with historian Mercedes de Guardiola, reference archivist Mariessa Dobrick, and State Representative Tom Stevens for a discussion of the history of eugenics in the Green Mountain State. Published by the Vermont Historical Society, de Guardiola's book, Vermont for the Vermonters, examines how the state’s eugenics movement emerged out of the public policies of the nineteenth century and led to state-sanctioned programs of institutionalization, sterilization, family separation, and education aimed at the most vulnerable Vermonters.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 
Thank you to our cosponsors:

News & Notes

WHS in five years -
Volunteers participate in strategic planning workshop

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Members of the Historical Society gathered for a strategic planning workshop on Saturday, January 13, to envision the next five years of stewarding Waterbury's history in meaningful and accessible ways.

Photo by Cheryl Casey for WHS.

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