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St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Enhancing Vermont’s Unique Natural History Museum

In the century since it was founded, the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium has grown from a Victorian cabinet of curiosities to an extensive museum of natural history containing more than 175,000 natural specimens, historical artifacts, and ethnological items. Since 1975, the NEH has helped the Fairbanks Museum preserve its collection and reach the public. With NEH grants, the Fairbanks Museum assessed and preserved photographic collections documenting the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Vermont; twelve habitat dioramas created between 1890 and 1919; and the strange and beautiful insect mosaics created by John Hampson between 1880 and 1923. In addition, NEH public program grants and challenge grants, which helped the museum raise an additional $750,000, helped the museum combine the humanities with science through exhibitions and educational programs.

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