About the Project
More than a Market is a multi-year project that explores the immigrant experience in Burlington and Winooski, Vermont, through the stories of new American-owned markets in the past and present. The first phase of the project explores markets of the past. In 2021, interviews with current market owners and their customers, contemporary photographs, and a community-generated photography project will bring the immigration story forward to the present day.
The stories of these markets as business ventures and neighborhood 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.
Drawing on oral histories, archival and contemporary photographs, and primary resources, the web app offers visitors a virtual experience with opportunities to explore by market or topic. The project will produce a walking tour in the Old North End in 2021 and an exhibit at the Old North End Community Center in Burlington in 2022.
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
Chris Hadsell and Bill Mares
Main Street Landing
National Life Foundation
Northfield Savings Bank
Preservation Trust of Vermont
Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins
Vermont Community Foundation