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Vermont Marble Museum receives option to remain open

PROCTOR - On July 24 the Preservation Trust of Vermont signed an option agreement that may keep the Vermont Marble Museum open to the public. 
The Preservation Trust of Vermont has signed an option agreement that gives them until the end of the year to raise $880,000 to acquire the 90,000-square-foot building, museum, archives and gift shop.
In addition to fundraising, the Trust will seek to find a permanent nonprofit organization to assume ownership and operations of the museum.
Owners Martin and Marsha Hemm publicly announced last April that the museum, which they had owned for 18 years, would close in the fall. The Hemms sited the spike in their electric bills after the local utility was purchased by Central Vermont Public Service Corp. last year, as the financial 'tipping point' from which they felt they could not recover.

The Trust has made a $5,000 deposit on the museum. They now have only five months remaining in the year, to raise the $880,000 needed for purchase. The Trust's goal is to fundraise more than $1 million, which includes $200,000 to cover expenses after they take over ownership.
"The Vermont Marble Company, during its heyday between 1880 and the 1930's, grew to be not only the largest marble manufacturer in the world, but one of the world's largest companies," states the Preservation Trust of Vermont website. "It employed over 5,000 people, had offices in most major U.S. cities and owned the rights to all the marble in Vermont, Tennessee, Colorado and Alaska." The company is located in what was once the main manufacturing plant of the Vermont Marble Company in Proctor, Vt.
According to the Trust, Vermont marble has been used in numerous government and private buildings, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, the U.S. Supreme Court Building and the White House interior. Overseas, the marble can be found in far flung places from Saudi Arabia to Taiwan, where the marble was used to build the National Chiang Kai-Chek Memorial Hall in Taipei.
More information about the museum fundraising effort visit www.ptvermont.org.

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