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5 Fun Facts About May 19 In Vermont History

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1. The Vermont Constitution was adopted on May 19, 1777: Vermont became the first state to abolish slavery in its constitution, directly influenced by the ideas of the founders of the Republic.

2. In 1791, the University of Vermont was founded in Burlington: The state's oldest university and a flagship institution in the state's education system opened its doors on this day.

3. Vermont's Prohibition Era began on May 19, 1852: Vermont was the second state in the country to legalize alcohol prohibition, and the movement was led by prominent women's rights activist, Mary Fletcher.

4. On May 19, 1892, the Vermont Secretary of State unveiled the state's official flag: The design was inspired by the state seal and features a blue background with the state coat of arms at its center.

5. May 19, 1932, saw the opening of the country's first ski lift in Vermont: Served by a rope tow, the lift was installed at the Pico Ski Resort in Rutland and revolutionized skiing by making it more accessible and affordable for the masses.
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