It’s been a while since we posted our thoughts. Welcome back! There have been many happenings and topics breezing across our desks as we process material and answer questions about St. Johnsbury’s history. So for this post, we will share some online resources that you can explore.
• Edward Taylor Fairbanks 1912 History of St. Johnsbury, The town of St. Johnsbury, Vt: a review of one hundred twenty-five years to the anniversary pageant 1912, is available at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. If you have used this book you have realized that the index leaves much to be desired. One story is that the original index was victim of a fire. The one in the book was prepared hastily for the printing deadline. Thankfully, digital technology has come to the rescue. The book has been digitized and it is available through Google Books. It is searchable and downloadable for free.
• Here’s another book that I first “found” at the Athenaeum; it is also free online at Google Books. This book, Soldiers Record of the town of St. Johnsbury Vermont in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, is particularly interesting and significant as the nation reflects upon the 150 year reckoning of the Civil War.
• Here’s an article from Vermont History published by the Vermont Historical Society that tells how St. Johnsbury celebrated the end of the Civil War. “St. Johnsbury Jubilant—The Town in a Blaze of Glory.”
• Check out the Vermont Farmer, 1870-1877, published in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and now digitized by the Library of Congress as part of the Chronicling America historic newspaper project.
• Here are some images and drawings of the Fairbanks factory in St. Johnsbury.
• Landscape Change Project – Type in St. Johnsbury in site’s search tool and you should see nearly 500 images of historic St. Johnsbury.