Historians use the word "artifact" to mean things that were made or used by people.  These artifacts can give us clues about the people who made or used them.  Museums save these artifacts so we can learn about what life was like for people in history.  Use these questions to think about an artifact.


Champ Sock Puppet from 1959.  These puppets were sold during the 350th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's travels on Lake Champlain.


Vermont copper coin from 1785.

Explore More June 15, 1785

Bicentennial Quilt made by people in Caledonia County.  Robin Edwards coordinated the making of this quilt.  See a bigger picture.

Explore More The 14th State

This chest is made from many pieces of wood that are connected to United States history.  Reuben Reed collected the relics and made this box in the late 1800s.

Pieces of wood spell out "Vermont" on the front of the chest.  Some of this wood came from the USS Olympia, Commodore George Dewey's ship.

Explore More May 1, 1898

A needlepoint sampler made by Martha Huntington.  She was born in 1790.  Girls made samplers to practice their sewing skills.


This copy of the Vermont coat of arms was painted in 1857 on a piece of glass by Johannes Oertel.  It was part of a skylight in the House of Representatives chamber in the United States Capitol in Washington, DC.  Congressman Winston Prouty brought it back to Vermont in 1951 after it was removed from the Capitol building.  See the newspaper clipping about the artifact.

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