BRAM and Other Ludlow Charities Prevail in Phyllis Agan Trust Lawsuit
The Black River Academy Museum along with many other local charities has won a lawsuit brought by Phyllis Agan’s sister, niece and nephew contesting the last amendment to Agan’s Trust Agreement. BRAM will receive a bequest of $150,000 less well-deserved lawyer’s fees and expenses incurred by Langrock, Sperry and Wool, who expertly represented the Museum and several other charities. The museum will be receiving a check for $118,902.27.
Although the Museum’s Board has not yet met to discuss this amazing bequest, the Museum has always had building maintenance and repair expenses as a primary concern. The 1888 Richardsonian-style, four story brick building with a slate roof is on the Historic Preservation Register and must adhere to preservation guidelines in dealing with regular maintenance and emergency repairs. A rainy day fund to meet these expected and/or unexpected expenses would ease the ongoing concern with funding these necessities.
At the moment, the Museum has already embarked on a project to once again caulk and paint the museum’s windows, preserving them as designed. Further, with preservation approval, we will install clear plastic Lexan panels, covering the interior side of the windows. This will help to keep the cold out, heat in and, importantly, reduce the Museum’s carbon footprint. This is an expensive project and we are thankful for a $8500 grant for this project from the State of Vermont Division for Historic Preservation towards the expenditure. If you would like to help with the cost of this project, please click on “donate now” and earmark for windows.
Black River Academy Museum Draws on Its Finnish Collection for Educational Project
BRAM is developing pilot educational projects based on Finnish immigration in VT in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. The pilots are part of the implementation of the Common Core Curriculum for sixth graders, middle and high school students in Ludlow, VT, tying together the fields of social studies, language and arts.
The museum has the largest collection of Finnish artifacts and memorabilia in the state of Vermont, all donated and assembled by volunteers, mostly members of the Finnish/American Society located in Ludlow, VT. These resources will be used by the students to portray Finnish life and culture in VT using various media. The goal is to implement the pilot programs in the fall of 2014 and expand them to other schools throughout VT in 2015.
Speaking of history, BRAM is looking for volunteers to write volume two of the History of Ludlow, covering from the 1900′s to present day Ludlow. Volunteers will be asked to work on a decade that interests them and will be guided in conducting research, organizing notes and writing. John Bremer, a university history professor and member of BRAM’s board, is overseeing the project. This is a perfect opportunity for history buffs to learn more about Ludlow, VT, meet other history-minded people and hone their skills. If interested please phone; 802-228-5050, email; firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through this web site.