April is Citizen Science Month!!

April is Citizen Science Month, so we’re encouraging you to get out there and take part! In addition to promoting a specific citizen science project studying pollinators, we hosted the virtual event Bee Happy Champlain College, on April 10th. You can watch the recording here to learn about our very own Champlain College apiary and […]

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Meet our New Library Director, Emily Crist

“Information is power,” says Emily Crist, library director. Emily was appointed Library Director of Miller Information Commons in December 2019, but has been at the library since 2016. She was Champlain College’s Experience Design Librarian until 2018 and has continued making strides for the library ever since. Emily recalls, “Early on in training [for the […]

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Come Celebrate at Frederick Douglass’ Birthday Party!

For the first time, Champlain College Library is participating in Douglass Day! Although Frederick Douglass was born into slavery and never knew his true birthday, he chose to celebrate it on Valentine’s Day. To honor his legacy and other icons of black history, join us on Friday, February 14th for a birthday party and transcribe-a-thon […]

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Has Gender Always Been Binary?

 ——————————————–  While the idea of transgender and non-binary identities often feel new in Western cultures, according to Dr. Karen Blair, “there is actually a long history of gender not being viewed in such a black and white manner.” In her article, Has Gender Always Been Binary?, Blair goes on to say, “Indeed, many indigenous cultures around […]

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The Business of Music: Bailey’s Music Rooms

A new exhibition opening in Roger H. Perry Hall, drawn from materials in Champlain College’s Special Collections, features sheet music and promotional items from three Burlington music businesses in operation between the 1860s and the 1920s, including Bailey’s Music Rooms. Alden L. Bailey (1845-1921) opened Bailey’s Music Rooms in St. Johnsbury, Vermont circa 1870 and […]

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Music has been big business in the United States for more than 150 years. Following the Civil War, the demand for pianos and parlor organs skyrocketed as more and more Americans became musically literate. Music retailers distributed thousands of scores for popular music written for piano, parlor organ, and voice — which could be played and performed at home on the instruments they sold. A new exhibition opening in Roger H. Perry Hall, drawn from materials in Champlain College’s Special Collections, features sheet music and promotional items from three Burlington music businesses in operation between the 1860s and the 1920s, including H.L. Story.

Advertisement in Burlington City Directory, 1867-1868, Local History Collection, 2014.9.1

 

 A native of Cambridge, Vermont, Hampton L. Story (1835-1925) published sheet   music in the 1860s to promote his College Street music store and piano factory,   Story & Powers. He later founded the Story & Clark piano company in Chicago,   Illinois. While in Burlington, he published at least 37 vocal and instrumental scores,   including the 1868 piece Chick-A-Dee Waltz by Edward M. Read, illustrated here.

 

 

 

 

Chick-A-Dee Waltz by Edward M. Read, published by H.L Story, 1868, Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 2010.1.13

Select Catalogue of Sheet Music Published by H.L. Story, 1866, Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 2010.1.34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Vermont sheet music in Champlain College’s Special Collections is the focus of a Humanities Research for the Public Good project funded by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This multifaceted project provides undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct in-depth studies of the music and present their research to the public. This exhibition and blog post was developed to supplement the student work.

-Erica Donnis, Special Collections Director