May 17, 2022

Interesting Library Facts: A Vermont Board of Libraries Subcommittee is in Charge of Geographic Naming Decisions in the State

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From the Vermont Department of Libraries Newsletter:

From Ticklenaked Pond to Mskaskek Brook, Vermont locales have a variety of distinctive monikers old and new.

Ever wondered how these places and natural features got their names? The Geographic Naming Committee, a subcommittee of the Vermont Board of Libraries, holds the responsibility for geographic naming decisions in Vermont. On November 17, State Librarian Martha Reid and author Mark Bushnell were interviewed on Vermont Public Radio (VPR) about how the naming process works and the fascinating history of some Vermont place names.

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From the Vermont Board of Libraries Info Page:

The Board acts in an advisory capacity to the State Librarian as stated in the Establishing Statutes. The Board of Libraries is also responsible for geographic naming duties for the state of Vermont. To assist in this process the Board has created the Geographic Naming Policies. Please see the the Named State Highways and Bridges list for recent naming decision.

The Naming Committee Consists Of:


  • Bruce Post, Essex Junction
  • Martha Reid, State Libraria
  • Lucy Comstock-Gay, New Haven


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