I just plugged the terms "history of Vermont atheism"
into a Google search. I suspect that different search terms might pull up different information.
One snippet from that search: "1970 - In a rare journey from his home in Vermont, the 64-year-old Mr. Solzhenitsyn received the $175000 prize. Mr. Solzhenitsyn, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, is the first Orthodox Christian to win the award. At the ceremony, Mr. Solzhenitsyn gave a strong speech forecasting doom for the world if it continued on what he called its atheistic path."