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and More Winooski History

The Winooski Historical Society produced the following videos. Thank you to the many Winooski residents who shared their memories of growing up and working in Winooski. Film Production credits go to Rita Martel, Mary Ellen Fitzgerald, Pete Lacourse, Shawn Lecourse, Dick Kehaya, Pam Baumgardner and many others. 

The Photo Lounge Chronicles: Dan Higgins Documentary


This Place in History

The Vermont Historical Society

The “This Place in History” video series explores historic sites in Vermont. The series started in 2016 by offering weekly programs created by the Vermont Historical Society in collaboration with Local/22ABC and Local/44 Fox News television station.  Below are four programs featuring historical places and projects in Winooski:

Winooski Centennial

People, Places & Changing Community Narratives
Photographs by Dan Higgins

Dan Higgins, Winooski’s local photographer with over 30 years of compiling photographs and stories to weave the complexity of Winooski’s story in this video. Mr. Higgin’s goal is to start conversations using his photographs.​

An interview with John E. Obrien

Audio Recording

After his father dies from appendicitis, John at the age of 14 starts working in the American Woolen Mills as an office boy to support his family. Rising up the ranks, and taking correspondence courses, John becomes the mill manager overseeing up to 3,000 employees during World War II. Interviewed by his son, Dr. Bob O’Brien and Ms. Dragone with the Shelburne Museum, John shares his stories of the American Woolen Mill. 

Channel 17: Winooski

CCTV Center for Media and Democracy


Launched in 1984, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy promotes the sharing of community voices concerning decision-making pertaining to our communities' growth and development. CCTV preserves archival video assets that document the exchange of diverse ideas, local community history, and the processes of community democracy. Below are programs featuring Winooski:

Mill History


WaterworksVT restaurant originally opened in the 1980's when the Champlain Mill was renovated as part of an indoor mall offering many shops and restaurants to visit. Closed during the Winooski Revitalization in the late 1990’s, Waterworks reopened under new ownership in 2015 much to the delight of many loyal community members who enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holiday meals at the riverside restaurant. 

Colchester Charter

Town of Colchester

The Colchester Charter held by the Town of Colchester, Vermont was issued by Benning Wentworth, governor of New Hampshire and Commander in Chief of New England in 1763. Charter outlines requirements for the new town of Colchester to meet in order to be incorporated.

Vermont Historical


The Vermont Historical Society was started in 1838 to record and preserve the cultural history of the state of Vermont. The VHS is located in the old Spaulding High School building in Barre. The Vermont Historical Society runs the Vermont History Museum in the Pavilion building down from the Vermont State House. Their website offers a wealth of resources and information.

More than a Market

Historic New England

Food, Community, and Family in the Markets of Burlington and Winooski, Vermont. More than a Market is a project of Historic New England in partnership with AALV, Burlington Edible History, the Vermont Folklife Center, and the Winooski Historical Society.

Chittenden County

Historical Society

The CCHS was founded in 1965 when Burlington celebrated its 100th anniversary as a city. The CCHS was created to encourage the research of historical information about Chittenden County. All facets of its development including arts, education, science, agriculture, transportation and materials are encouraged to explore and research. 

History of Colchester

Town of Colchester

In order to talk about the history of Winooski, one needs to understand that Winooski, aka Winooski Falls, was once the urban center of the Town of Colchester. The Colchester Vermont Government website offers this document researched by the Colchester Historical Society.

Vermont Genealogy


The Vermont Genealogy Library is the homebase of the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society, and provides expert classes, assistance and resources for people to explore their French-Canadian, Vermont, English, Scottish, Germann or Irish ancestry. 

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