More than a Market
  • 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:

    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:

    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, 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

    Our Partners

    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

    Gary Farrell

    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

    Vermont Humanities