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Interpreting the Interstates

Interpreting the Interstates is a multi-year, multi-phase project focused on public engagement in order to understand better the impact of the Interstate Highway system on the culture and history of Rural America recently funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hidden away, deep in the vaults of the Vermont State Archives, are 36,655 large-format negatives that depict Vermont, the most rural state in the nation, before, during, and after two decades of Interstate Highway construction. The Interpreting the Interstates Project use this compelling visual record for documenting and understanding cultural changes occasioned by the coming of the Interstate Highways to Rural America. Using these images and the stories associated with them, we will catalyze public engagement and dialog as our nation envisions a future with more people and fewer fossil fuel resources. Our interpretive goal is straightforward and societally relevant. What can we learn from the past as we embark on creating transportation systems for the future?

We have assembled an appropriate and well-qualified Advisory Team who together will guide the project through both formal meetings several times a year and informal contact with project staff when appropriate. The team has worked together extensively in the past in a variety of combinations; these established relationships ensure we will work together well and fluidly toward making Interpreting the Interstates a success.

Notes from these advisory committee meetings can be downloaded here

Meeting #1 - November 11, 2010

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