Shelburne Museum gets public funds

— Shelburne Museum has been awarded two taxpayer-funded grants totaling $96,318 for technology and support of museum operations, interim director Robert Skiff Sr. announced.

A grant for $93,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation was awarded as part of the foundation’s American Art Renewal Fund. The foundation developed the American Art Renewal Fund to respond to the economic downturn and the current need to strengthen American art activities at the nation’s museums. The grant will be used to support curatorial activities and staff.

The second award is from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership for touch-screen oral history listening stations on the museum’s National Historic Landmark steamboat Ticonderoga.

The $3,318 grant will update technology on the boat and allow for additional oral histories to be presented about the Ticonderoga, the last commercially operating steamboat on Lake Champlain.

The 220-foot steamboat was moved to the museum in 1955 and is a perennial favorite exhibit among visitors.

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