Please join us for the Franklin Fairbanks Award ceremony on August 2nd from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. This year, we will honor Peggy Pearl with the Franklin Fairbanks Award, for her contributions to the arts, humanities, and sciences. New Fairbanks Fellows will also be recognized.
Peggy Pearl is a leading scholar of 19th century rural life in northeastern Vermont and of the social and industrial history of St. Johnsbury. An educator by training, she led the Fairbanks Museum’s school programs for decades, and founded the Festival of Traditional Crafts in 1975. In 2002, she was recognized by the Vermont Folklife Center and Vermont Life Magazine as Vermont Heritage Educator of the Year. In 2009, she published A Brief History of St. Johnsbury. In 2010, when the Fairbanks Museum decided to divest its local history collection, Peggy advocated for the creation of a history organization to steward and display those collections. The resulting St. Johnhsbury History & Heritage Center, located on Summer Street, is now the keeper of St. Johnsbury’s historical collections and stories, and has taken its place among St. Johnsbury’s cultural institutions. Peggy continues to serve as the founding director of the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center.