In her remarks at the event celebrating the launch, VHS President Sarah Dopp noted that March 4th, in addition to being the 220th anniversary of Vermont’s becoming the 14th U.S. state, was also a “punny” call to action for VHS to “march forth,” in the final leg of our $900,000 capital campaign.
The campaign, which had raised $815,225 as of March 4th, needs $84,775 more to reach the $900,000 goal. President Dopp noted that the remaining $84,775 “will be the hardest part of the campaign.”
The Saving Vermont’s Treasures campaign will create three new gallery spaces for rotating exhibitions at the Vermont History Center in Barre, allowing Vermonters and other visitors to explore new aspects of Vermont’s heritage through the Society’s collections. “For years, people have been asking us to display more artifacts,” noted Mark Hudson,
VHS executive director. “With this campaign, we will finally have the gallery space to do so.” The campaign also will help to preserve the bell tower, a distinctive feature of the historic History Center building, for generations to come.
The capital campaign launch celebration featured music by Colin McCaffrey and a presentation by Marselis Parsons, who offered highlights of his personal experiences with historical events in Vermont during his many years as a WCAX news anchor.
If you’d like more information on the campaign, contact Amy Sholk, VHS Capital Campaign Assistant, at (802) 479-8525 or [email protected]