Britta Fenniman Tonn speaks at 2016 Local History Event


More Than A Market: Food, Community, and Family in the Markets of Burlington and Winooski, Vermont

9th Annual Local History Event

May 25, 2022 7:00-9:00 pm Champlain Room, Center for Communication and Creative Media, 375 Maple Street, Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Sepia toned picture of three male and one female grocer standing by the front entrance of a grocery with a Grand Opening Sale sign.
Epstein & Melnick Market, 27 Main St., Winooski, Vermont. Courtesy Merrill Epstein.

For generations, neighborhood groceries, bakeries, and butcher shops have formed the heart of Burlington and Winooski's communities. From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, French Canadian, Italian, Irish, Lebanese, Jewish, and German markets were concentrated in Burlington's Old North End and Lakeside neighborhoods and near the mills in Winooski. Since the 1980s, immigrants from Vietnam, Bosnia, Bhutan, and Eastern and Western Africa have carried on this entrepreneurial tradition. Learn more about the vibrant role these neighborhood markets have played at Champlain College's ninth annual Local History Event, which will feature a talk by Charlotte Barrett titled More Than A Market: Food, Community and Family in the Markets of Burlington and Winooski, Vermont.

Charlotte Barrett serves as Community Preservation Manager for Historic New England. Since 2016, she has collaborated with a network of partners to support the preservation of the buildings and stories that define the diverse history of the region. In 2018, she co-produced and co-directed the award-winning film, Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange. She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont, and a Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University.

This free public event will be held at Champlain College's Center for Communication and Creative Media at 375 Maple Street in Burlington from 7:00-9:00 pm, with the program beginning at 7:30 pm. In accordance with the College's COVID guidelines, all those in attendance must be masked and fully vaccinated. Guests will need to complete a vaccination self-attestation form prior to admittance.

Please register in advance to attend this free event!

For accommodations requests, please contact (802) 651-5976 by May 16, 2022.