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Vermont's 250th Anniversary Commission

Governor Phil Scott has signed an executive order creating the 250th Anniversary Commission to plan, coordinate and promote observances and activities that commemorate the historic events associated with the American Revolution in Vermont.

The year 2026 will mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the formation of the United States of America. Vermonters played a significant role in the colonists’ assertion for independence from Great Britain, from the Green Mountain Boys successful assault at Fort Ticonderoga to the Battle of Hubbardton, and to the Battle of Bennington where Vermont troops helped defeat a British force to set up the victories that turned the war in favor of the new Americans. Events and education will continue with commemoration of the 1777 campaign and the founding of Vermont.

To observe these events, Vermont will be joining other states and partners to encourage remembrance of our past, commemorate the present and look forward to a promising future.

Read the full Press Release here: 250th Anniversary Commission Press Release

Our Mission 

Vermont's 250th Anniversary Commission will inspire all Vermonters to learn from the history, legacy, and context of the past to build strong Vermont communities for the future. Through collaborative local and statewide initiatives that explore an inclusive history of the American Revolution, Vermont 250 will support and encourage the preparation, planning, and execution of programs and events that examine a formative period of our nation and how it continues to shape our culture and values.

250th Anniversary Commission Strategic Plan 

250th Committee Governance 

Vermont's 250th Anniversary Commission has compiled a reading list related to the events, people, and places of the American Revolutionary War-era and Republic of Vermont. This is not a comprehensive list but one source for materials related to this significant period on our state’s and nation’s history.

Reading list for American Revolutionary War-era and Republic of Vermont.

If you are interested in having your community or organization events endorsed by the 250th Commission, please complete this form and submit for evaluation. Please submit events at least 6 weeks before it is scheduled to begin. Endorsed events will be included on the Vermont 250th Anniversary calendar of events.

Tell us how you wish to commemorate the 250th. We want to hear your ideas for events, activities, educational opportunities, discussions exploring our complicated history, re-enactments, anything!! Please email us at 

250th Anniversary Commissioners

Laura V. Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer/Chair

Jim Brangan, Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership

Catherine Delneo, State Librarian

Paul Deslandes, University of Vermont, Department of History

Tom Hughes, Historian

Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, Vermont Humanities

John Krueger, Historian

James Lockridge, Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership/creative, cultural heritage, & nonprofit sectors

Vacant, VCNAA Representative 

Martin Mahoney, Bennington Museum

Susan Evans McClure, Vermont Arts Council

Stephen Perkins, Vermont Historical Society

Heather Pelham, Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing 

Israel Provoncha, Re-enactor/Historian

Jonah Spivak, Friends of the Battle Monument; Friends of the Bennington Battlefield; Town of Bennington

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

The Vermont 250th Anniversary Commission welcomes public participation.