Due to the financial troubles being experienced by Southern Vermont College, the Bennington Center for the Arts along with the Covered Bridge Museum are now closed indefinately. After being run for many years as a non-profit organization, the Art Center was given as a gift to the college back in December 2017 by Bruce Laumeister and his wife Elizabeth Small.
Now, according to Bruce Laumiester, the College is trying to sell the Art Center. In an email exchange with Joe Nelson, Bruce said that he has filed a lawsuit to stop the sale by the college. If the law suit is successful, he expects to have the gift of the Center For The Arts and the Covered Bridge Museum annulled. At that time he will operate it as a 501c3 corporation.
The Covered Bridge Museum was founded in 2003 by Bruce Laumeister and his wife Elizabeth Small. The museum, which was part of the Bennington Center for the Arts, was designed to be a replica of the nearby Henry Covered Bridge. The museum contains a number of exhibits portraying the history, structure, value of the covered bridge in Vermont. There is also a reference library and a theater.
Read the full coverage from the Bennington Banner here: Arts Center Founder Wants To Annul Gift To SVC
Editor's note: Thanks to Sarah Pierce for bringing this to our attention. Thanks also to Bill Caswell, Joe Nelson, and Bruce Laumeister for providing information on this unfolding story.