MONTPELIER — One hundred years ago, the University of Vermont launched the state’s first radio station, which eventually became WCAX, TV Channel 3. In honor of this milestone, Secretary of State Jim Condos and State Archivist Tanya Marshall announced that the theme for Vermont Archives Month for October is ‘Communication’ to showcase the myriad ways people have passed information to each other over the time.
“At a time when our civic discourse is more divisive than at any time in my life, the theme of ‘communication’ for this year’s Archives Month couldn’t be more fitting or important,” said Secretary Condos. This theme was chosen in recognition of the essential role that communication plays in the success of our life and work together.
“The shift from using textual records such as pamphlets and newspapers for information sharing to dissemination, first by radio and then television, is particularly fascinating,” the state archivist added. Marshall.
The Vermont State Archives & Records Administration, a division of the Secretary of State’s Office, will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 27, featuring behind-the-scenes tours and an exhibit called “Getting the Message Out (and In ).” The public records on display will serve three purposes: how the state government conveys information the public needs to know, how the public interacts with the government, and how the state markets itself outside of Vermont.
Other historical document repositories in the state will also host events, including the recently reorganized Montpelier Historical Society. They will hold a public forum on October 22 from 2-4 p.m. in the pavilion auditorium titled “The Golden Age of Vermont State News Coverage”, which they identify as the era of 1960 to 2000. Anne Galloway will moderate a discussion with several longtime journalists, editors and bureau chiefs.
More information about Vermont Archives Month, including the calendar of events, can be found online at www.vtarchivesmonth.org. Inquiries may also be directed to the Vermont Historical Records Program at [email protected]