More than a Market
  • 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, 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 Thom 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 Humanities