WINDOW REPAIRS- AmeriCorps team members Ethan Banks and Janely Mata, work on repairing windows at the Vermont Historical Society
By Carla Charter
BARRE, Vt. – AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) volunteers have been hard at work helping to preserve the original windows of the Vermont History Center (originally designated as the Spaulding Graded School circa 1891).at the Vermont Historical Center. Their work will continue there until October 18.
“There are 200 windows in the building and we have covered 30 so far,” said Janely Mata, Media Representative for the team. The work team members are doing includes scraping the windows so new paint can be applied and repairing and glazing the existing glass. Through their service, AmeriCorps NCCC members are preserving and maintaining the historical accuracy of the Vermont History Center building, a part of the historic district of Barre.
The VHS is the only organization in Vermont that collects artifacts, books and documents that reflect the entire history of the state, including every geographical area and chronological period. “I’m thrilled that the team and I are able to play a part in the preservation of historic downtown Barre. The Vermont Historical Society is a fantastic organization and this is a great opportunity to assist in their efforts” says NCCC team leader Ted Randich from West Hartford, Connecticut.
Among the other projects the North Central Team has been involved in over their 10-month long AmeriCorps Program have included maintenance at a Girl Scout Camp in Michigan and working with Montpelier Vermont Parks Department to pull out invasive plants along the bike trails.