This month, Armenian people around the world are marking 100 years since the genocide that nearly wiped out their culture during World War 1.  As the Ottoman Empire was disintegrating, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks.

Stephen Martin

Orville Gibson went missing before dawn on the morning of New Years Eve in 1957. Three months later, his body was found in the Connecticut River, his legs and arms bound with rope.

Douglas Brooks

Although the use of small trapping boats on Lake Champlain may be a thing of the past, students from a career center in Middlebury are keeping the tradition alive by building full-scale replicas.

Candace Page

Maple has been a staple in Vermont for a long time, but who really knows how it was being used in recipes a century or so ago?

Candace Page, food writer for the Burlington Free Press, was curious about the subject and decided to dig into the history. She joined VPR Café to talk about her findings.

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On a recent weekend, dozens of vintage snowmobiles were on display in a farm field in Bethel. To qualify as vintage, they had to be made no later than the early 1980s –  but a couple of them dated back to the 1920s.

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Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley was born just over 150 years ago. Raised in a modest farm family, Bentley lived in the village of Nashville in the town of Jericho. His mother was a teacher and his father ran their small dairy farm.

Lindsay Raymondjack

In the 1660s, post-Puritan England experienced its own kind of sexual revolution as women enjoyed first tastes of sexual freedom and empowerment.

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Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley's 150th birthday is a few days away. Bentley grew up in the village of Nashville, Vermont, where he would live his entire life as a farmer. But his love of meteorology and photography led him to an important discovery in 1885: how to photograph snowflakes.

Michel Arnaud

Mah jongg, a card game that mixes skill and strategy with a bit of luck, originated in China in the 1850s. In the late 19th century, Chinese craftsmen left paper behind and started hand carving mah jongg symbols on bamboo and bone tiles.

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Paint a picture of Vermont and you might focus on its impressive mountains. Or you might create an image of the flora and fauna. Another approach would be to highlight the people who have settled here.

The authors of "The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History" say you can't get an accurate depiction of the state without looking at the geological, biological, and cultural forces together.  

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In the late 19th century, the Arctic Basin was a mystery to many, destroying ships and explorers with its fierce ice. The Fram was a revolutionary ship designed to solve this problem, built to latch on to, and float with, the Arctic ice.

Nathan Benn / Shelburne Museum

When Nathan Benn was a very young photographer in the early 1970s, he got an assignment from National Geographic to go shoot pictures of Vermont. When you look at those photographs now, many of which were never published in the magazine, they are so clearly from a different era.

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A new historical society is forming in Vermont, with a focus on the bloody fight for Irish independence.

The Fenian Historical Society had its first meeting Sunday in Burlington.

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From the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, a faint outline of a small, craggy rock formation is visible, nestled between Juniper Island and Shelburne Point. Its name is Rock Dunder and despite being a tiny blip on the Lake Champlain skyline, it has a deep significance in Abenaki mythology.

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A century ago, home life in Vermont revolved around the wood burning cook stove. Meals were prepared, bread baked and hands warmed from the heat it produced. 

Stoves with names like Gold Coin, Priscilla and Charm Crawford may have faded into obscurity, but they still have an allure for some people, including Bill Wilber, who makes a living restoring them.

Namelos Editions

Will Poole's Island, a new novel by Vermont writer Tim Weed, is a perfect fit for the Thanksgiving season. It's historical fiction set in the colonial era, and it tells the story of an English boy who becomes immersed in a native community.

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Award-winning author and food historian Rebecca Rupp has written more than 20 books and published over 200 articles. Rupp lives in northern Vermont and recently published an article online for National Geographic Food called Eat, Drink and Be Merry. It examines the cultural significance of food and its power to bring people together.

Vermont Edition sat down with Rupp to talk about her new article and the historical importance of food.

Swann Auction Galleries

A sizeable collection of original Revolutionary War era documents will be up for auction on Thursday at Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Several autographed items in the group have historical importance to Vermont, including an original copy of the document announcing statehood in 1791, signed by Thomas Jefferson.

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You know him now as a U.S. Senator with his eye on the White House. But in 1987, he was the socialist-leaning mayor of Burlington who wanted to put out a five-song cassette.

A very special thanks to our friends at Seven Days for unearthing this album and sharing it with the world.

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Long before legislators in the Vermont Statehouse grappled with civil unions or same-sex marriage, two women in Weybridge lived together as a married couple for 44 years.

Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake were together from 1807 through 1851. Charity & Sylvia: A Same Sex Marriage In Early America, by Rachel Hope Cleves, reveals the extraordinary marriage of these two women, and the ways in which their relationship impacted their community.