- Associated Press - Sunday, August 31, 2014

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A group working to build a museum and history center in St. Johnsbury has a home, and portions of the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center museum that will display local artifacts could be open by the end of the year, officials said.

“We’re over the moon,” said Peggy Pearl, director of the group that purchased a Victorian house on Summer Street for $185,000 on Friday. “We’ve finally reached it. We’re really ecstatic. It has been a long road.”

The Caledonian Record (https://bit.ly/1oubchc) reports the property’s carriage barn will be updated and a wheelchair ramp constructed leading to the house.

Some artifacts that are now being stored at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium may be installed this year. It’s expected the museum’s opening will be phased in. The first is planned for December.

“It will be bit by bit, piece by piece, when we get shelving and the right atmospheric conditions,” Pearl said.

The center raised about $250,000 with a fundraising campaign while future operating costs will be covered by donations.

The history center had been looking for a home for some time. It had been ready to use the town’s former armory on Main Street, but officials backed away from that because of concerns about the presence of toxic chemicals and a lack of grants to fix the problem.

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