$100,000 gifts to help fund museum improvements

SHELBURNE Shelburne Museum Director Stephan Jost announced recently that gifts to the museum in the amount of $100,000 were earmarked for landscaping projects on the grounds of the museums 45-acre campus. In total, three gifts were received by the museum to fund expanding gardens, redesigning walkways within the museum and creating an endowment specifically for care of gardens and grounds. Museum trustee Charles Mallory and family members donated to establish an endowment and name a garden in memory of their mother Pauline Cropper Mallory. Museum trustee Michael Polemis and his wife Barbara earmarked their gift for museum walkways. The Forrest & Frances Lattner Foundation gift is directed to enhance existing gardens. Last fall a daylily garden was planted outside the newly refurbished Circus Building, and will add a brilliant splash of color as the 1,400 lilies in 35 varieties mature in a few seasons time. Gardens are the theme of the day when Shelburne Museum opens on Sunday, May 18. The season launches with Lilac and Gardening Sunday, an eagerly anticipated annual event that draws Lilac lovers and gardening enthusiasts from across the region. For a listing of new exhibits for the 2008 season see: www.shelburnemuseum.org.

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