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State Announces the Top Civil War Sesquicentennial Events

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Civil War PosterFrom our friends at the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing:

The Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing recently announced the 2013 Top 10 Exhibits and Events competition winners. Top 10 events and exhibits are selected annually and are chosen for their efforts to bring to life Vermont’s Civil War experience with history from the home-front and battlefield.

“The quality and breadth of these exhibits, organizations and events are exemplary,” said Catherine Brooks, VDTM’s Cultural Heritage Tourism Coordinator. “This year, Rokeby Museum opens a multi-media exhibit presenting the true stories of two escaped slaves who were helped by a Ferrisburgh family in the 1830s. Lost Nation Theater and the Dorset Theatre Festival are producing provocative Civil War plays. Commemorative large-scale events like the St. Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend feature eye-opening Civil War soldier and civilian living history encampments.”

Top 10 museums include:

  • Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh
  • The American Precision Museum, Windsor
  • Bennington Museum
  • Vermont Historical Society’s Heritage Galleries, Barre

Top 10 arts and humanities organizations include:

  • Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier
  • Dorset Theatre Festival
  • Vermont Council on the Humanities, Montpelier

Top 10 historic organizations include:

  • The 18th Vermont
  • Champlain Valley Historic Re-enactors & St. Albans Raid Sesquicentennial Planning Group
  • Cambridge Historical Society

“2013 is a great year for exploring Vermont’s Civil War history,” said Mark Hudson, chair of the Governor-appointed Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. “We’re especially excited about the 2013 Signature Event, “Ransom,” a musical inspired by Civil War letters written by Rochester residents that opens this Friday at Lost Nation Theater.”

For a complete calendar of Vermont Civil War events and exhibits, visit and for travel planning around these events, please visit

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