Entrance to the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont
The mission of the Bennington Museum is to celebrate the history and heritage of the southern Vermont region, as well as serve as a venue for visual and performing arts that enrich our community and our world.
Incorporated in 1852 as the Bennington Historical Association, the Bennington Museum is one of only a few accredited museums in the State of Vermont. The Association was founded to commemorate the pivotal 1777 Revolutionary War battle fought near the town. Following the dedication of the 306-foot-tall Bennington Battle Monument in 1891, the Association turned its attention to a more comprehensive preservation of history, art and material culture in Southern Vermont and nearby areas. The Bennington Museum website may be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.benningtonmuseum.org/
The Bennington Museum also holds a research library with a superb collection related to Vermont and New England history and genealogy. As Bennington served a vital role in early Vermont history a large number of settlers came through the Bennington area before eventually heading further West. The library has received genealogical research queries from across the nation in addition to assisting a large number of users in the library. According to the library website their primary resources include "a complete collection of microfilmed Vermont vital records - every recorded birth, death and marriage from the beginnings of the State through 1941. Also on microfilm are local newspapers, starting with Anthony Haswell's Vermont Gazette in 1783, and the Henry Clay Day collection of indexed discerning newspaper clippings. The Harwood Diaries, written locally between 1805 and 1837, contain rich details of early 19th-century agricultural life. Besides having one of the best collections of family histories in New England, the library also has the industrial archaeology collection of Victor R. Rolando's books and research." The library is open to museum members and users who pay the daily admission. More information can be found here.
Collections and Information on Visiting
Information on the various collections which may be found at the Bennington Museum may be found here.
The Bennington Museum is open every day except Wednesday from February through June and November through December and every day from July through October. General Admission is $10 for Adults, $9 for Students and Seniors, Free for children and students under 18. For more information about visiting the museum information may be found here.