Vermont National Guard Library and Museum
Located just outside Camp Johnson in Colchester, VT, the Vermont National Guard Library and Museum is dedicated to maintaining various artifacts from both the state's history and from local and national military history. Their collection spans from the American Revolution to the Iraqi conflict. The museum itself is dedicated to the preservation of their artifacts and memorabilia, all of which have been donated by either the military or by various individuals. There are several permanent exhibits, though a number of them are temporary and cycle in and out throughout the year; all exhibits are open for viewing or research. As part of their mission is to educate, the museum is open both to the military and the members of the community.
Backstory and Context
Current exhibits range in date of origin and size. Inside the main building there are models of aircraft and missiles, displays for military uniforms throughout various conflicts the United States and Vermont, specifically, fought in. Outside, the displays range from full sized military vehicles, large artillery guns, small aircraft, and tanks, which have been donated by private collectors and by the government. On permanent display is the painting "Sheridan's Ride" (1888) by Charles Hardin Andrus, which has been restored by museum volunteers.
Volunteers do much of the work at the museum and library, restoring and up-keeping the many exhibits the museum houses. The staff expands with the facility itself, which as they look into housing a permanent and expanded library section, which will be open to researchers, private parties, and the public, as well as expanding their outdoor exhibits to include artifacts from the Spanish-American War, there will be a number of people dedicated to preserving this history to be included in the project.
"Mission Statement." Vermont National Guard. Accessed April 14, 2019. https://vt.public.ng.mil/Museum/About-Us/.
--- Photos of the outdoor exhibits used on this page can be found in this collection.