Freedom and Unity: The Struggle for Independence on the Vermont Frontier


Burlington, VT



July 13 - July 17, 2020; July 27 - July 31, 2020 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience



This participatory, place-based workshop focuses on the events and personalities of the American Revolution at seven historic sites in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, including innovative sessions held on Lake Champlain in a replica Revolutionary-era gunboat. Participants will follow a route from a yeoman Vermonter’s 18th century homestead to war, and back again. Along the way, they will encounter the landscapes, artifacts, sites, and primary sources that allow students to engage with the multiple stories and competing worldviews of frontier Vermont—and to relate them to the persisting tensions between rural and urban communities across contemporary America.

Project Director(s)

Angela Marie Labrador, Jason Barney

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Angela Labrador, Jason Barney, Susan Ouellette, Daniel O’Neil, Elsa Gilbertson, Christopher Sabick, Elizabeth Lee, Ennis Duling, Tracy Martin, Willard Randall

Grantee Institution

Vermont Archaeological Society, Inc.