Special Exhibition THROUGH FEBRUARY 24TH


One hundred years ago, Putnam Memorial Hospital opened its doors in Bennington. While the facility, practices, and technology have changed dramatically throughout the century, the commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare to the community has remained constant.

In honor of its Centennial year and in partnership with the Laumeister Art Center, Southwestern Vermont Health Care is proud to present artifacts, stories, and images from its 100-year history. Admission provides access to all open exhibits. It is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, veterans, and AAA members. Students and children are free.

This retrospective exhibit offers a glimpse of the evolution of care alongside a history of the hospital. It showcases the advancements in care practices that have elevated a humble hospital on the hill to an award-winning healthcare system operating in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and serving 75,000 residents in the surrounding communities of Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts.

A Century of Caring Exhibit

A Century of Caring Exhibit



Bringing Fine art and performance to Southern Vermont

The Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College is a comprehensive arts center featuring multiple galleries, a Covered Bridge Museum, art studios and a 315-seat proscenium theater.  Permanent galleries include paintings by Eric Sloane, wooden bird sculptures by Master Bird Carver Floyd Scholz, and a collection of Native American art and artifacts.

Located within 30 minutes of Troy,  New York;  Williamstown, Massachusetts;  and Manchester, Vermont, and just two miles from Bennington's scenic Main Street, the Laumeister Art Center is in an ideal location that makes it easy for visitors to explore and enjoy the natural and cultural arts in Southern Vermont. 

On December 11, 2017, Southern Vermont College accepted the donation of the Bennington Center for the Arts, offered by Bruce Laumeister and Elizabeth Small, his wife. The art center was renamed the Laumeister Art Center in their honor.  


Seasonal Hours from December through May: Open Saturdays & Sundays 10:00-5:00

Admission: Adult - $10

Seniors/AAA/Veterans - $5

Children and Students with ID - FREE