The Stowe Historical Society is being honored for its exhibit centered around a major conservation project in town.
On Sept. 29 the Vermont Historical Society presented its Award of Excellence to the Stowe Historical Society for its exhibit “Brownsville 1850-1950 & Now: A Walk Through History and the Current Landscape.”
The Vermont Historical Society’s annual awards “recognize the exceptional work being done by individuals and community heritage organizations throughout the state to collect, preserve and share Vermont’s rich history.”
Stowe’s Brownsville exhibit was a joint project between Stowe’s historical society and the Stowe Land Trust.
The two organizations included the exhibit in the recent effort to conserve 750 acres in Stowe known as Brownsville. Doing so helped to preserve 169 years of history of the farms, families and schools that formerly existed in Brownsville, now a mostly untouched wilderness at Stowe’s northern gateway.
The history project also detailed 45 years of Brownsville’s former resident artist and art school director, Stan Marc Wright, and it included hikes, an exhibit at the Stowe Historical Society and participation in Stowe’s Art on Park.
The Brownsville project received the Exhibitions & Public Programs Award of Excellence from the statewide society. That category aims to honor exhibits that “reflect the imaginative interpretation of some aspect of local history,” or that encourage “the study and appreciation of local history.”
In their comments judges appreciated how the project connected “the contemporary issue of landscape preservation with the past, as well as the partnerships with other organizations.”
The judges were also impressed that the exhibit was taken outside the confines of the Stowe Historical Society building and shared with the community at large.
The 2019 Vermont Historical Society awards were given out to projects completed between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The statewide historical society presented the Stowe Historical Society with the award at its annual meeting in Montpelier on Sept. 29; seven other similar awards were given out at the same time.