Basalt museum takes step closer |

Basalt museum takes step closer

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” The Basalt Regional Heritage Society received an $8,000 boost this week in its quest to create a history museum in town.

The heritage society is seeking a grant from the Gates Foundation to restore the Arbaney Barn and turn it into a museum. The society needs $205,350 for the project. The Gates Foundation requires organizations to provide 30 percent of the funds through a matching grant, so the heritage society is trying to raise almost $62,000 locally.

The society had raised $53,600 prior to Tuesday, including a $10,000 pledge made in a prior year by the Town Council. Diana CordovaElliott asked the council for another $8,000 grant to cover the local match. The council approved the request unanimously. The funds were contingent on the society receiving the Gates Foundation grant.

If the funding comes through, the deteriorating logs of the old Arbaney Barn, next to Arbaney Park, will be reconstructed and work undertaken to make the structure sustainable. The heritage society would make the barn a living museum, where school kids could see demonstrates of how people lived in past eras and events such as ice-cream socials will take place.

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