Richard O. Hathaway Award Past Winners

The Richard O. Hathaway Award is presented annually to an individual, group or organization recognized as making an outstanding contribution to the field of Vermont history. Awarded since 2006, it showcases excellence in Vermont history publishing and storytelling. 


  • Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine by George Bellerose 


  • West Danville, Vermont Then and Now, 1791 – 2021 by Jane Bolton Brown, Patty Houghton Conly, Dorothy Ayer Larrabee


  • Print Town: Brattleboro's Legacy of Words by The Brattleboro Words Project


  • No award given due to Covid-19.


  • Red Scare in the Green Mountains: The McCarthy Era in Vermont 1946-1960 by Rick Winston


  • Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story (documentary film), by Dr. Kevin Thornton


  • Vermont Stones – Italian Bones by H. William Johansen


  • The State of Marriage (documentary film), Jeff Kaufman


  • Inventing Ethan Allen, John J. Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III


  • Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont by Howard Coffin


  • Little Jerusalem (documentary), Vermont Public Television 


  • New England to Gold Rush California: The Journal of Alred and Chastina W. Tix, 1849-1854 by Lynn A. Bonfield



  • A Century in the Mountains: Celebrating Vermont's Long Trail, The Green Mountain Club.


  • Champlain: The Lake Between (documentary), Caro Thompson, Broadwing Productions,

2009 Honorable Mentions

  • Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and into Legend by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
  • Life in Chittenden County, Vince Franke and Bill Doyle (documentary DVD).

2008 (co-winners)

  • If Stone Could Speak (documentary DVD), Randy Croce
  • The Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927-1931 by Nicholas R. and Deborah Pickman Clifford, 

2007 (co-winners)

  • The Inquest (historical novel) by Jeffrey D. Marshall,
  • Strengthening the Future by Illuminating the Past: Interviews about Women from the Vermont History Expo 2006 (DVD) by the Vermont Women's History Project of the Vermont Commission on Women

2006 (first year awarded)

  • Stone (play), Kim Bent and Lost Nation Theater

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