Opening Day is June 7th and we will celebrate once again with our 5K Walk for History, which will start and end at the Museum. Registration is at 10 AM, with the walk starting at 10:30 AM. Your $20 entrance fee ($10 students/seniors) will include water, power snacks and a BRAM tee-shirt. The museum will officially open for the season right after the walk. Plan on the date and hope for good weather.
Basement renovation is being done in phases, the first of which was finished this winter. Cleaning, repairing, painting, improved lighting, all done by Wright Construction, has transformed a derelict area into a pristine work area for restoration/preservation needs. The area will also be used as a classroom for various workshops. A grant from the Okemo Community Challenge Fund in the amount of $12,100 was given for this first phase. We have applied again to the Challenge Fund for another grant in order to make usable another section of the basement. The basement is viable for these purposes now that we have the elevator servicing this area.
Another grant that we have received is one for restoration of the 1888 windows in the amount of $8500 from Historic Preservation. Maintenance is constant in an older building and caulking and painting of the windows are part of the on going routine. However, this time we are exploring ways in which we could reduce our heat loss in the winter, thus reducing our carbon footprint. We have applied for a grant which would cover the cost of a consultant to draw up specifications for using a clear plastic as a heat loss barrier, but still be within the historic guidelines. This has been done before, so we are hopeful that we will find a solution. The cost of the routine exterior maintenance is about $12 thousand and the cost of a clear heat loss barrier could easily add an additional $30. We will search for other grant opportunities to say the least!
BRAM is working with the local schools developing two educational programs for the fall of 2014. One program, entitled “Mystery of Plymouth Five Corners” is a year long independent study of the history of this once thriving Vermont community which eventually disappeared. The students, high school only, will study the town’s history and will try to identify what happened and if it could happen again today. The second one draws on BRAM’s large collection of Finnish artifacts and memorabilia, the largest collection in VT. ”Finns as a VT Immigrant Group” will be a day long program at the Museum with students from the sixth grade through high school participating in activities that will focus on how and why Finns chose to settle in VT, their contributions to the area and various aspects of their culture. The students will also learn how to do research using primary sources at the Museum. Both programs are connected to the Common Core State Standards, pilots in 2014 and will be used statewide in 2015.
BRAM is looking for volunteers to help with the above Finnish program.
BRAM is looking for people who would like to be part of the volunteers writing volume two of the “History of Ludlow”.
BRAM is looking to borrow memorabilia from the Black River High School (Black River Academy, closed 1938, but maybe there are still mementos lovingly kept) for a special exhibit during the Black River High School Alumni Weekend on June 14th and 15th, Museum hours on those days noon to 4 PM.
If you are interested in any of the above volunteer groups, please call our Director, Georgia Brehm at 802-228-5050, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her through this web site.
Last fall the Board voted to name the new elevator/fire stair tower for Richard Nye who truly got the capital campaign off the ground with his enthusiasm and generous donations. We have affixed a plaque outside by the entrance to honor him. We also have listed everyone who gave any amount to the capital campaign on plaques, mainly placed near the elevator doors on the first and second levels. Individual “namings” can be seen in various spots in the Museum. Please come and see if you can find your name.
ONCE AGAIN, OPENING DAY IS June 7th, hours are noon to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. 5K Walk for History starts at 10:30 AM, with registration starting at 10 AM.
Please go to Upcoming Events to see the programs we are offering this year. We will keep you up to date as each event date approaches.
The Board of Trustees