Orleans County Historical Society searches for a new director

BROWNINGTON, Vt. – An important piece of Vermont’s history needs a new director. Peggy Day-Gibson has announced that she will retire as Director of the Old Stone House Museum in October, and the Board of Trustees of the Orleans County Historical Society is searching for the right person to take her place.

The museum sits at the heart of Orleans County, just south of Quebec in Vermont’s storied Northeast Kingdom. The museum is comprised of a neighborhood of early 19th century buildings, offering visitors a wide array of artifacts to discover, and the story of how this rural area played an important part in the development of education in Vermont and the United States.

The museum’s centerpiece, the four-story dormitory, was designed and built by the school’s headmaster, Alexander Twilight in 1836. He was the first person of African American descent to graduate from an American college and to be elected to a state legislature.

The campus includes Twilight’s house; the home of Samuel Read Hall, who started the first school for teacher training in the United States, and wrote the first teacher training manual; the Cyrus Eaton House, two barns, a blacksmith shop, and its most recent acquisition, the Grammar School itself. Moving that building back to its original site was an incredible endeavor and Day-Gibson’s last major project as museum director.

The museum offers a wide variety of community events, with an emphasis on acquainting young and old alike with the skills, travails and amusements of their ancestors.

“For my replacement,” Day-Gibson said in a recent interview, “we’ve got to have somebody who’s passionate about history, who loves the area, is a people person, and sees what this place is and is ready to take the next step.”

For job description and requirements, candidates should contact the Director Search Committee, at employment@oldstonehousemuseum.org.

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