Grant OK'd for stagecoach.
BARRE Barre (bă`rē), city (1990 pop. 9,482), Washington co., central Vt., SE of Montpelier; settled late 18th cent., inc. 1894. Granite quarrying, which began in the region in the early 19th cent., is still important. - The Stagecoach stagecoach, heavy, closed vehicle on wheels, usually drawn by horses, formerly used to transport passengers and goods overland. Throughout the Middle Ages and until about the end of the 18th cent. Conservation Fund has received a $50,000 state tourism grant, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Bertyne R. Smith, curator of the Barre Historical Society.
Mrs. Smith said that with the grant the society has $75,000 in the fund. The estimated cost of shipping the historic coach to Carlisle, Pa., where the conservation work will be done, is $222,000.
Mrs. Smith said she is optimistic op·ti·mist
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2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op that the society's second attempt to secure a $125,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent agency of the United States federal government. It is the main source of federal support for libraries and museums within the United States. , a federal agency, will be successful. She said the application that will be submitted by Oct. 1 will reflect changes based on a critique of the first application.
"We're making steady progress, with the proceeds from the recent horse show and the society's other fundraising activities. Certainly donations are always graciously accepted," she said.
Of the estimated 150 Abbot-Downing Concord coaches intact worldwide, not more than a dozen are of the 12-passenger variety similar to the one in the coach house at the Barre Historical Society.
"It's often referred to as the Cadillac of Concord coaches, and ours is no exception," Mrs. Smith said.
CUTLINE: From left, state Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre; Daniel Stevens, president of the historical society; and society treasurer Phyllis Allen admire the Abbot-Downing Concord stagecoach at the Barre Historical Society. The door on the coach has been preserved.
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