University of Vermont

Center for Research on Vermont

Book Party & Event: Samuel B. Hand: Green Mountain Scholar

Date to Be Announced

Note: This event was originally scheduled for Nov. 14 but that date has been postponed. We expect to have a new date in January to announce soon.


As a tribute to Dr. Samuel B. Hand, the Center for Research on Vermont will publish Green Mountain Scholar: Samuel B. Hand, Dean of Vermont Historians to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Dr. Hand’s first teaching a course on Vermont history at the University of Vermont. The book will include more than thirty articles written by Sam and his colleagues on important Vermont topics. The book has a publication date of Decemmber, 2017. Colleages and friends will highlight aspects of the book and talk about Sam and Harriet. 

Table of Contents here

Donations are welcome here.


Samuel B. Hand, born in New York City on August 20, 1931, earned his BA from New York University, and after serving in Korea, a PhD from Syracuse University. After a short period of teaching in Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock State College, Sam and Harriet Hand navigated their way to the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1961. They settled into life in Burlington in the 1960s, raising three daughters and joining the local synagogue.

Hand started teaching European and American history courses but became increasingly interested in Vermont and eventually took the reins of a Vermont history class (from fellow historian H. Nicholas Muller III). As he turned to teaching about Vermont, his attention and scholarship shifted to learning more about his new home. For the next forty years he produced hundreds of articles and research projects on Vermont topics. 

By the time of his passing in 2012, Dr. Hand enjoyed the reputation as the foremost scholar of Vermont’s past. Among his many achievements, he co-founded the Center for Research on Vermont (1974), and he also played a critical role in the growth of the Vermont Historical Society, where he served as president.