Why do we care so much about the Vermont Marble Museum?
The Vermont Marble Company had an enormous impact on the built environment of our nation. Largely quarried or carved locally, marble from The Vermont Marble Company was used in the Jefferson Memorial, the US Supreme Court Building, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as hundreds of other monuments and memorials all over the world. The museum and archives hold the stories of these projects and the marble industry.
Keeping these resources in Proctor ensures that the story of this community and its people will remain local, and alive. The Vermont Marble Museum is located in Proctor, Vermont's only "company town." Founded in the late 19th century, the town was established and grew hand-in-hand with the Vermont Marble Company. For the people of Proctor today -- many descendents of the Italian, Swedish, Polish, German, Hungarian and other immigrants brought in to work in the factory -- this museum is their history.
Acting now will keep the Marble Museum a part of Vermont's future. The Preservation Trust of Vermont's goal is to acquire the museum building, transfer ownership to a non-profit organization and create a publicly owned asset. This will protect the museum collection from future risk and ensure that it will not be sold piecemeal to collectors around the world.
2013: Where We Worked
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The Preservation Trust of Vermont is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1980 whose mission is to help communities save and use historic places. Much of our focus is on strengthening downtowns, village centers, local initiatives and capacity.
Provide major grants for preservation-related projects as funds are available (continued work on three Village Revitalization Grants in partnership with Senator Patrick Leahy in 2012, seven new Preservation Grants in partnership with the Freeman Foundation, and two grants from our Community Fund in 2013)