Manchester history center to close for lack of money

The Rutland Herald reports:

“MANCHESTER — A museum designed as a historic “hands-on” learning center is closing because it has not been able to raise enough money.The North Shire Museum and History Center has operated for four years and was trying to raise the $2 million it needed to buy the 5-acre property on which the center sat.” Read the whole story.

I was at a meeting a few weeks ago where a board member of the center (I think) announced the decision. They had a really neat vision, but the plan seemed to have relied too heavily on donations and didn’t have enough time to generate income. I hope that a developer doesn’t come in and buy the site, leveling the historic buildings. There are enough new buildings in Manchester, VT.