Submitted by Ralph Pace
The Ludlow Enterprise Fund recently announced an award of $10,000 to Black River Academy Museum (BRAM).
Anita Alic, chairperson of BRAM's Capital Fund Committee, said, "We are very grateful that the Town of Ludlow awarded us $10,000 from the Enterprise Fund. We will use the award to help pay for the mandated fire code upgrade in the Museum. It is our next step towards 'Accessibility for All'. Once the upgrade is completed, the top floor will once again be opened to our visitors and once again, school groups will be able to visit the top floor, too, as we now have a second egress in the new tower. The total cost of the fire code upgrade is approximately $28,500 and we have raised the balance from private donations."
Georgia Brehm, BRAM Director, noted that the fire code restrictions had prohibited student and adult groups from touring the second and third floor exhibits of the museum due to the lack of a second exit. "With the addition of the elevator wing with its new stairway and exits," Brehm indicated, "this problem will be eliminated once we have enhanced the electrical and mechanical needs that satisfy the fire code."
She added that this enhancement will "once again allow both students and adults to view some of the local history that the museum contains."
The second floor of the museum houses the auditorium, the new log cabin display by area students, plus a large work area for weaving. The third floor is home to the classroom restoration as it might have appeared during President Calvin Coolidge's tenure as a student at the academy.
Both Brehm and Alic said that BRAM's remaining need is funding for the elevator cab itself. More information is available at BRAM's web site, www.bramvt.org.