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From the Archives

Explore over five decades of Vermont history and culture in this selection of diverse programs from our archives.


For more information about our archival programs, visit The Vermont Archive Movie Project Database. This joint effort between Vermont PBS and The Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF) allows students, historians, filmmakers and the public at large to discover the state’s rich visual history.

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(1984 - 1994) Crossroads profiles distinctive Vermonters and their lifestyles, explorations into businesses and industries around the state, historical happenings in Vermont, and examples of everyday folks who happen to be involved in interesting projects or events.

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Guest of The House

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(1983 - 1985) A showcase for Vermont performing artists. This popular local production features an eclectic array of sounds from classical pianists to country to rock and roll. Filmed at the Vermont PBS studio in Colchester, this program originally aired in 1983.

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Pass It On

(1986) Five half hour programs that celebrate the people who are preserving the music, dance and storytelling typical of the Yankee and French-Canadian cultures that have grown up along Lake Champlain

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The Governors

(1989-2012) A television series documenting the lives and contributions of the state's former governors.

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Drawing From Nature

(1987) Drawing From Nature: With Jim Arnosky - A series of four one-hour excursions with author, artist, and nature lover Jim Arnosky. Each program begins with an outdoor exploration set in the Vermont countryside. In the second half of each program, Arnosky completes a nature drawing in his studio.

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Points North

(1995 - 2002) Points North is a magazine program featuring segments on local Vermont arts and culture. The series focuses on people, places, and lifestyles around Vermont and its surrounding region, exploring the human side of life with humor, insight and curiosity.

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Rural Free Delivery

(1998) This series takes you on a tour of the traditional folkways of Vermont’s past. You’ll see activities such as sheep farming, building a coldframe, sugaring, soap making, building ponds, farming with draft horses, making jam and more. Folks who are still practicing these traditions explain just how it’s done.

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(2001 - 2011) Host Fran Stoddard interviews figures from the world of arts, culture or other facet of public life, and gets to know the person behind the persona.

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The Farming Project

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(1994 - 2000) A nine part series intended to show, "the history of Vermont farming, its importance in the development of the state, the practical and public policy issues facing Vermonters today, and a celebration of the Vermont farmer." The series began with an overview of the history of Vermont agriculture, continued with four programs on farming in Vermont, and concluded with a series of four "town meetings" on contemporary issues taped on location around the state. The final program filmed 8 years later, revisits the farm families to see what, if anything, has changed.

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Feast In The Making

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(2007) A series about the chef and farmer relationship in Vermont. Discover the diversity of Vermont growers and producers. Meet local farmers who grow the ingredients that are reinvigorating Vermont cuisine. Visit local chefs who have made a commitment to cooking with local ingredients at their restaurants and learn what it means to them and their customers.

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Venturing: The Entrepreneurial Challenge

(1991 - 1999) This Emmy Award-winning series aired nationwide on over 120 public television stations to overwhelming acclaim. Venturing demonstrates how small businesses get started, grow, and mature. Shot on location at dozens of companies in Vermont, Venturing combines lively interviews with company founders, investors,financiers and others with fascinating "tours" of companies in action.

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Earth Work (1993)

(1993) Caring for the environment is smart business. That's the bottom line of Earth Work, a series featuring Vermonters whose small businesses are environmentally sustainable.

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ABCs of Change

(1995) An informative look on how education in Vermont has changed.

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The Cross-Country Ski School

1981 - Demonstrates basic techniques necessary to all levels of skill from weekend beginners to Olympic racers.

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Vermont Women in Transition


On March 23, 1986 Vermonters met in conference at the invitation of the Windham Foundation, at the Old Tavern in Grafton to discuss issues of importance to women. This program, filmed live from the studios of Vermont ETV, is the report of that conference -- Vermont Women in Transition.

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Handmade in Vermont


This 1982 program highlights Vermont craftspeople by increasing promotion of their work and heightening public awareness of crafts. It was co-produced by Vermont Educational Television and the Frog Hollow Craft Association. The emphasis is on the individual crafts producer -- and the scope and variety of backgrounds and experience of people involved in producing their craft for a living.

Kilimanjaro Live! - (1990)


Vermont jazz ensemble Kilimanjaro perform in a live concert in June of 1990. Performing with the group in a special guest appearance will be Big Joe Burrell. With Burrell, Kilimanjaro becomes the Unknown Blues Band. Members performing are Chuck Eller, keyboards; Paul Asbell, lead guitar; Tony Markellis, bass guitar; Harry Thompson, drums; Russell Remington, sax; and Stuart Paton, percussion.

Fiddling, Dancing, and Telling Stories (1983)


In early America, time was a valued commodity for those who settled in Vermont -- for the climate and terrain defied them to succeed. Yet many overcame these obstacles by sharing their hardships as well as their joys, and nowhere is this more evident than their ability to entertain themselves through music and storytelling. Yankee and the French Canadian traditions develop the folk culture of VT.

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