Brookside Museum on a sunny winter day
Photo by Marci Revette.
continued “This modern-day genealogy project will complement the Museum’s original function which had collected historical information on the early inhabitants of Saratoga County and recorded the story of how they arrived here,” said Bardunias
Houle is happy with the chamber’s involvement and agreed with Bardunias about the partnership.
“It is still in the very early stages,” said Houle. “The idea is to give it a “facelift” that will attract more visitors.”
Houle said there would be no structural changes to the building. Any decision on major needs would be made by the museum’s board, but Houlse said her greatest wish would be to make the museum’s second floor wheelchair accessible.
“It’s really about improving what is already here,” she said.
Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza said he has high hopes for the project.
“I think Brookside Museum offers an educational opportunity for not only Milton residents but also for all residents in Saratoga County,” he said. “I believe that with this upgrade to the building, it will benefit and give the residents a better quality and experience of the museum. I think every resident, no matter what their disability, should have the opportunity to visit the museum.”
This initiative comes during hard times for the museum. The county’s funding towards the museum was cut in the 2013 budget, leading the museum to close for the month of January. Houle said she applied for a $400,000 matching grant last summer to the Regional Development Corporation and was turned down because of a lack of funding there. From every corner, public funding for nonprofits like Brookside is receding.
In spite of the difficulties, Houle is confident of a better future for the museum.
This building is a symbol of Saratoga County,” she said. “It represents different eras in Saratoga County and we need to look on this building as a symbol.”