(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. (9) Want hands-on training? Take a course at the Preservation Education Institute. (3) Have lunch or dinner at a restaurant in an historic building. Pick one where chefs use Vermont-produced food. Check out the Vermont Fresh Network for a great start.