Every member of our community has faced dramatic changes, felt difficult emotions, and responded to the global spread of COVID-19 in a variety of ways. The Black River Academy Museum and Okemo Valley TV have partnered because your stories are important and we are here to help preserve them.

COVID-19 Community Memory Project 2020Create a powerful personal record and family history by responding to these prompts about your life in the Ludlow, Vermont area during the Spring of 2020. Your voice can also be added to the extensive local history collection at the Black River Academy Museum. With your help, future generations will better understand the unique challenges during this crisis and the resilience demonstrated by our community. We hope these activities serve as a source of reflection and inspiration now and in the future.

Download the Memory Project Booklet here.

You can add this document to the museum collection by visiting www.tinyurl.com/LudlowMemory or mailing a printed copy to the Black River Academy Museum at PO Box 894, Ludlow, VT 05149. We also encourage you to share photos, artwork, videos, recordings, and interviews that you have created and collected during these abnormal times.

Visit www.tinyurl.com/LudlowMemory for further instructions.

December 13th & 20th , 2019 • Friday Mornings from 10:30am – 12 Noon

Let’s dance away those winter blues by joining Melissa Lovell Post at the Black River Academy Museum on Friday mornings in December from 10:30 A.M. until noon at 14 High Street in Ludlow. The dances will be at the beginner to intermediate level. No partner is necessary. All beginners are welcome.

Dances will come from Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, France, Israel, and the USA (and from other countries too!)

The cost is $5 per class or whatever is affordable. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that slide easily on wooden floors. For more information, contact Melissa at 802-875-4102 or email her at goodwood@vermontel.net.

Join in on the fun! Hope to see you there!

Illustration: Folk Dancing at Black River Academy Museum


This year, Black River Academy Museum’s 20+ Years’ Annual Potluck Dinner is being combined with a presentation by Steve Waldo dealing with paranormal activities. Steve was a former Ludlow Police Patrolman and then worked as a VT State Liquor Inspector until his retirement a couple years ago.

In a span of four years, Steve cataloged over 25 investigations dealing with his ghost-hunting activities.  His presentation includes actual videos of “suspected paranormal activity” as well as audio sound bites that have to be heard to be believed.

Join us for an evening of intrigue and fun along with our traditional turkey and gravy dinner. Hope to see you on Thursday, November 7 from 6-8pm at the Church of the Annunciation in their community room on 7 Depot Street, Ludlow. Please bring your appetite along with a side dish, or dessert! This event is open to the public.

A suggested minimum donation of $5 will contribute toward our efforts in keeping this historic building a viable working facility. Hope to see you all there.