Vermont Historical Society announces new exhibit: “Fairbanks Scales: Weighing the World” May 30

The Vermont Historical Society has installed a new exhibit in the Vermont History Museum’s Local History Gallery, “Fairbanks Scales: Weighing the World,” curated by the Saint Johnsbury History & Heritage Center. Now open to the public, this exhibit will be on display through July 27, 2024. VHS will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Saturday, May 30th between 1:00PM and 3:00PM at the Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street in Montpelier.

“Weighing the World” is an exploration into the technological and economic impact of the Fairbanks Scale Company of St. Johnsbury. In 1830, Thaddeus Fairbanks invented the platform scale. Subsequently, he and his brothers, Erastus and Joseph, began selling these scales that allowed farmers and businesses to more easily and accurately weigh their goods. In the years that followed, the company quickly expanded, selling their products across New England, the United States, and internationally. This exhibit will examine the impact of the company from its first factory in St. Johnsbury to how it eventually transformed the world.


This exhibit features a number of scales, advertisements, images, and other items that showcases the company’s history. 

The reception will celebrate the exhibit and its curators, who will be on hand to speak about the items and their stories. Visitors can enjoy free admission and refreshments during the event.


About VHS

Established in 1838, The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Vermont History Center in Barre, and programming throughout the state. Its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the VHS website at


About the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center 

The St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center, a nonprofit organization, acquires and preserves historic collections and conducts purposeful educational programs that interpret the rich heritage of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Visit their website at

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