Archival Vault Open House

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Brown­ing­ton

TheOld Stone House Mu­seum opens for the sea­son on May 15. On Wed­nes­days through Sun­days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oc­to­ber 15 there will be guided tours of the four story gran­ite mu­seum which is filled with ar­ti­facts re­lat­ing to the his­tory of Or­leans County. Orig­i­nally built as a dor­mi­tory for the first sec­ondary school in the county by Alexan­der Twi­light in 1836, the build­ing was pur­chased by the Or­leans County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety in 1916. Archival Vault Open House May 15

This Sun­day the mu­seum will cel­e­brate the grand open­ing of the new archival vault built last year in­side an ex­ten­sion of the ell on the Alexan­der Twi­light House. The ad­di­tion oc­cu­pies the same foot­print and on the out­side looks like the orig­i­nal ell of the house, but con­tains a fire­proof, tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity con­trolled con­crete vault to safe­guard the ir­re­place­able pa­per and film ar­ti­facts which the mu­seum has in its care.

From noon to 4 p.m. there will be an open house at the Twi­light House to show off the vault and ad­join­ing work­room which has greatly im­proved ac­cess to the col­lec­tion. Les­lie Row­ell will demon­strate the process of cat­a­logu­ing items in the PastPer­fect. data­base pro­gram on the com­puter. Vis­i­tors will be able to look at a few pieces of the Winslow col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs and doc­u­ments, one of the many col­lec­tions of pa­pers that the vault pro­tects, which of­fer a glimpse of 19th cen­tury life in Or­leans County.

The archival vault ad­di­tion was de­signed by James Coe. Spates Con­struc­tion, Inc. was the gen­eral con­trac­tor for the pro­ject. The steel re­in­forced con­crete vault was con­structed by Roger Gos­selin, Inc. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion phone (802)754-2022

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