(22) Think twice about shopping at a “big box” store such as Wal-Mart January 9, 2016 23 Things Check out the Home Town Advantage, a publication by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to show how sprawl presents a tangible threat to historic downtowns all across the country. Share This Tweet Share See Also (11) Visit your local historical society Find yours (and explore more) at the Vermont Historical Society website. (6) Attend a live performance or a movie at an historic theater. Try these for starters! (5) Visit your local library. Chances are, it's located in a historic building. If you are really curious, find answers to your questions about Vermont history at the Vermont History Center in Barre.