About the Project
More than a Market explores the immigrant experience in Burlington and Winooski, Vermont, through the stories of new American-owned markets in the past and present. The stories of these markets as business ventures and community anchors invite the public to explore the universal experience of searching for community and allow us to consider how the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s newest residents has defined the nation over four hundred years of growth.
Additional Ways to Explore
More than a Market: Food, Community, and Family in the Markets of Burlington and Winooski, Vermont
Old North End Community Center, 20 Allen St., Burlington
An exhibit celebrating local, immigrant-owned markets in Burlington and Winooski. Colorful fabric suspended from the ceiling and stacks of food cartons create the feel of a busy market as voices of the area’s local market owners and customers and the descendants of early market owners speak through wall panels enlivened with archival and contemporary photographs. Details at: https://www.historicnewengland.org/more-than-a-market-opens-june-27/.
More than a Market: A Walking Tour of Burlington’s Local Markets
Visit locations of past and present-day, immigrant-owned markets in Burlington’s Old North End to hear stories of market owners, their customers, and their communities, framed within local immigration history. Learn about their importance as sources of traditional foods, community connection, and social support. Register: https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?keyword=more+than+a+market.
More than a Market is part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series, which partners with communities to collect, preserve, and share diverse stories of life in New England through documentary films, exhibitions, books, and public programs.
For more information about the project, contact Charlotte Barrett, Community Preservation Manager, cbarrett@HistoricNewEngland.org or 802-989-4723.
The development of this website was funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grant. The grant program was created to provide emergency relief funding to preserve humanities jobs nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Partners and Donors
More than a Market is an Everyone’s History project of Historic New England, in partnership with AALV, Burlington Edible History, the Vermont Folklife Center, and the Winooski Historical Society
With appreciation to our donors
Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation
Alice and Thomas Gould
Jake’s ONE Market
Main Street Landing
National Life Foundation
Northfield Savings Bank
Preservation Trust of Vermont
Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins
Vermont Community Foundation
Vermont Folklife Center