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Pierrepont museum asks for new roof, and the help pours in

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Just over two months ago, Pierrepont Town Historian Barbara J. Daniels went to the public to ask for help, as the town museum was in desperate need of a new roof.

Once people heard the plea, she said, it didn’t take long for donations to start coming in, with $1,800 collected in just a short amount of time.

“People are more giving than we know,” Ms. Daniels said. “This isn’t something that just one person was involved with. There were a lot of people.”

Among the people involved were two area contractors, one of whom volunteered to donate the labor if the museum could come up with the money for materials, and a second, who volunteered to donate both the labor and materials.

“I never dreamed anyone would be so generous,” Ms. Daniels said, noting the man who made the donation has asked to remain anonymous.

While Ms. Daniels said she was happy to get a new roof over the museum, she said that she felt bad for soliciting donations to pay for a project that is no longer needed.

Ms. Daniels said she wrote a letter to each of the donors thanking them for their donations and noting that the offer to replace the roof for free would not have been made if she had never asked for donations.

The money collected will now pay to replace the glass in several of the museum’s window’s, install new doors and put a fresh coat of paint on the building.

“It’s an 1826 school house, so there’s a lot of work to be done,” Ms. Daniels said, adding the $1,800 now on hand should be enough to complete those three tasks.

“That’s one less thing for the next historian to worry about,” Ms. Daniels said, jokingly adding, “I’m not going to be around forever.”

When the time to install the new roof came, Ms. Daniels said the workers, a crew of seven plus a foreman, arrived bright and early on a Saturday morning.

“I got over here at 5:30 a.m. and they already had about half the shingles off,” she said. “They were all so enthusiastic. They were right into it.”

When Ms. Daniels first asked the public for help in early April, she said she was hoping to have a new roof on the building before this fall. Now the building has a new roof and the calendar hasn’t even hit the Fourth of July.

“Once the publicity got out there it all happened so fast,” she said.

“This happened in less than two months.”

Now Ms. Daniels is hoping to have the new doors, new glass and a fresh coat of paint on the building before this fall.

“I just think this is a great human interest story about how people come together when a community is in need,” she said.

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