(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. Walmart Share This Tweet Share See Also (11) Visit your local historical society Find yours (and explore more) at the Vermont Historical Society website. (19) Help some of the statewide organizations that are working hard to protect the character of Vermont. Visit the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Natural Resources Council for starters. (17) Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation today and you'll be joining a group of dedicated people committed to preserving the places that tell the stories of our history.