Help Support the Civil War Memorial Conservation Efforts
Bennington Museum has just been awarded a grant of $3,000 from the Robert Fleming & Jane Howe Patrick Foundation to aid in the on-site restoration of an important Civil War memorial.
This historic marker stands on a rise in the ground directly in front of the Museum. It features a bronze relief panel of Bennington Union soldiers marching and a plaque created by local sculptor, William Gordon Huff. Commissioned by the American Legion and presented for a state convention on Bennington Battle Day in 1930, this major Civil War monument remained under the Legion’s care for the next 30 years until ownership was formally turned over to the Museum in the 1960s.
This memorial has not been cleaned or tended to in at least 15 years, and restoration is necessary in order to prevent further deterioration. At the end of this month, the Williamstown Art Conservation Center will begin work on-site, focusing specifically on removal of corrosion and vandalism, applying a patina and wax treatment, and regrouting seams to prevent water infiltration.
The restoration cost is just under $6,000.
Bennington Museum is very grateful for the significant contribution from the Patrick Foundation that will cover half of the project expenses. We invite you to help preserve an important community landmark by matching this effort in the coming weeks.
When the work is completed, we look forward to having a rededication ceremony for its 91st anniversary.
Attention to this memorial comes at a relevant moment as demands for racial equity in America take center stage and civil war monuments are under great scrutiny. In tandem with the rededication, Bennington Museum intends to develop interpretive programming that will tie our shared Vermont history to the context of current events across the country. By doing so, we will underscore support for diversity, equity, and inclusion, in line with the Museum’s mission.
Thank you for your support!
Relief Side inscription:
United by a purpose to perpetuate the Union and Liberties of the people.
Plaque Side inscription:
To the memory of the men from Bennington whose patriotism helped to maintain and perpetuate the Union
1861 – 1865
A tribute by Bennington Post no. 13, American Legion
Dedicated at the Department Convention of the Legion, the first held in Bennington, August MDCCCCXXX