VABA 2014-15 brochure available online!

For more than thirty years, almost since its inception, the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association has issued a printed guide to member shops. Available throughout the state at member bookshops, chamber of commerce displays and welcome centers, the VABA Brochure, as it is called, has been very popular with native Vermonters and tourists looking for collectible and hard-to-find books

The VABA Brochure is still being published on an annual basis. You can pick up a copy at any member bookshop, or have one mailed to you, free of charge, by contacting Joseph Trenn, the Book Shed, Lake Road, Benson VT 05731. Joe’s phone number is (802) 537-2190, and his email address is

We are pleased to include a PDF of the VABA Brochure here, on the official VABA website. Click on the link below to open and/or download the latest edition. The file will open in most browsers. If you have the Adobe PDF Reader on your computer, you can also right click on the above link and save the file to your computer for offline reading and printing.


The Vermont History Expo ~ June 16 – 17, 2012

Join VABA and many other exhibitors at the upcoming 2012 Vermont History Expo, the weekend of June 16, 17 in Tunbridge Vermont. This year’s theme? Vermont in the Civl War. This bi-annual event is put on by the Vermont Historical Society, and sponsored by various Vermont businesses and Foundations.

Here is a sampling of the goings-on:

  • 150 Local Historical Society, Museum & Heritage Attraction Exhibits
  • Genealogy Resource & Archive Center
  • Ongoing Musical Performances in Two Venues
  • Author Lectures/Book-Signings
  • Historical Presentations 
  • Genealogy Presentations
  • Heirloom Animals: Demonstrations and Breed Presentations
  • Hands-on-History Demonstrations
  • The Little Dig: Hands-On Field Archaeology with the Vermont Archaeological Society
  • Traditional Craft Demonstrations
  • Tunbridge Fair Log Cabin Museum, Late 18th to Early 20th Century Collection
  • Living History Encampments: Revolutionary, Civil & Korean War
  • Morgan Horse Presentations and Demonstrations  
  • Special Exhibit on Common Crackers
  • Viewing of 19th Century One Room Schoolhouse
  • Working 19th Century Blacksmith & Print Shops
  • Antique Farm Equipment Exhibits
  • Sponsor Exhibits
  • Vermont Historical Society Museum Store Annex
  • Food Vendors
  • History-on-PARADE TWO DAYS!: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday June 17, at 1:00 pm
  • Parade Preparation Craft Activities: Saturday, June 16 & Sunday June 17, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Live Auction: Sunday only, June 17, at 2:00 pm

Please visit the website for information on events, exhibitors, visiting authors, and everything Vermont!

 Hope to see you there!

[Images from the Vermont History Expo website]
@2012 VABA News blog

The Quilt Collection at the Vermont Historical Society ~ Now Online!

This is just lovely! – The Vermont Historical Society has an extensive Quilt collection that ranges from whole-cloth examples from the early 1800s to a commemorative piece from 1991, all being documented as Vermont-made. The collection is now available to view in an online exhibition called ‘Patterns of History’you can view it here.


Log Cabin Quilt: A wool, linen, and cotton quilt in a Log Cabin Variation pattern made by Ella Hay Harris of Ludlow, Vermont, in the late 1800s. [image from the VHS Website]

There are 9 Galleries of quilts – click on each image to see a larger image and details. The exhibit was created by Katherine Poarch, with photography by Jeffrey Lomicka of Jeff and Cricket Quilts.

@2012 VABA News Blog