Vision/Mission statement


The Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is a non-profit edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tion whose mis­sion is to pro­mote an under­stand­ing of the his­tory of Danville, Ver­mont by col­lect­ing, pre­serv­ing, exhibit­ing and inter­pret­ing that his­tory and its rela­tion­ship to the region, and nation beyond, to audi­ences of all ages and interests.


The Choate-Sias House and atten­dant his­tor­i­cal sites (the Old North Church of North Danville, the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Room at the North Danville School, the South Danville His­toric Park, and the Danville Rail­road Sta­tion in Danville Green) of the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety will be a vibrant places where peo­ple may encounter, explore and learn about the past. With diverse audi­ences and Danville’s unique her­itage at its core, the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety is an edu­ca­tional leader in the his­tory com­mu­nity of Vermont.

In pur­suit of this mis­sion, the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety will:

  • Iden­tify, col­lect and exhibit sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal mate­ri­als related to Danville and the North­east King­dom of Vermont.
  • Pro­vide lead­er­ship in the respon­si­ble preser­va­tion of, and pub­lic access to these his­tor­i­cal materials.
  • Encour­age excel­lence in research, doc­u­men­ta­tion, and inter­pre­ta­tion of his­tor­i­cal materials.
  • Present exhi­bi­tions that use his­tor­i­cal mate­ri­als to enrich the public’s under­stand­ing and appre­ci­a­tion for the his­tory of Danville, Ver­mont, and the North­east Kingdom.
  • Fos­ter an appre­ci­a­tion of the impor­tance of his­tor­i­cal mate­ri­als to enrich pub­lic under­stand­ing of the past and present.
  • Serve diverse audi­ences through a vari­ety of learn­ing formats.
  • Pro­mote pride in both indi­vid­ual and com­mu­nity heritage.
  • Respond to the community’s needs to explore and exam­ine issues crit­i­cal to its past and appli­ca­tion to con­tem­po­rary life.
  • Pro­vide sup­port to his­toric preser­va­tion ini­tia­tives in the North­east Kingdom.
  • Iden­tify his­toric homes, build­ings and other struc­tures or sites assist­ing in research to encour­age their preservation.
  • Serve as the col­lec­tive his­tor­i­cal mem­ory of Danville, Vermont.
  • Accept dona­tions of money, real prop­erty and or other prop­erty as appro­pri­ate to accom­plish­ing its vision.
  • Main­tain mutu­ally ben­e­fi­cial rela­tion­ships and alliances with edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions, the busi­ness com­mu­nity, gov­ern­ment and other com­mu­nity organizations.



2 Responses to Vision/Mission statement

  1. Clint Smith says:

    My wife found an old astron­omy book (pub­lished in 1836) at a used book store. The fol­low­ing is writ­ten inside the front cover: “Har­riet S. Choate, Philips Acad­emy, Danville”. I did an Inter­net search of the name and found a photo of a head­stone in the Danville Ceme­tery which bears the name of Har­riet S. Choate and which says she was born in 1836 and died in 1920. I couldn’t find any­thing about Philips (with one “l”) Academy.

    Can you tell me any­thing about her or the school? Is she con­nected some­how to The Choate-Sias House?

    • sharon lakey says:

      Hi Clint. Phillips Acad­emy was the first edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tion in Danville, a pri­vate acad­emy that opened in 1847. It oper­ated until 1938 when this gor­geous build­ing was demol­ished. Phillips Acad­emy served mostly Danville stu­dents as well as sur­round­ing nearby towns. Choate was an early name in Danville, but I don’t know where Har­riet fits on that tree–probably she was related in some way to the fam­ily of the Choate-Sias House. Choate was the male in that des­ig­na­tion, a car­pen­ter in Danville.

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