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STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS BIRTHPLACE IS NOW A MUSEUM

by Craig Altschul

Brandon, the birthplace of Stephen A. Douglas, is scheduled to open its museum in June. Douglas was a cabinet maker before going n to become Abraham Lincoln’s political rival. One of the rooms in the museum will focus on Douglas’s era, the abolitionist period in Brandon, said theRutland Herald. The museum is a 501c3 organization and, as such, donations are tax-deductible. The house might date back to the 1800s, but it will feature high-tech presentations including multimedia presentations, touch-screen computers, and a timeline. The museum is still looking for items it hopes can be donated, so if you’re interested contact the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce at 802-247-6401 for specifics. “I think it’s going to be something the town can really be proud of,” said Bernie Carr, chairman of the museum’s board. Stop by and take a look if you’re near Brandon.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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