November 13, 2008


Power & Equipment Museum to Construct Collections Building.

St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum President, David L. Baker, announced completion of an Agreement with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, calling for reimbursement of $100,000 of the projected $130,000 in expenditures for the construction of a steel Collections Building. The new facility will be built in the style of an early-1900’s barn. It will be located near the recently completed multi-purpose building at the Museum’s 115-acre farm on State Hwy. 345 in Madrid.

The funding consists of a Community Capital Assistance Program (CCAP) grant secured by Senator Darrel J. Aubertine on behalf of the Museum. “The St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum does a great job preserving our history,” State Senator Darrel J. Aubertine said. “They came to me for help in building this replica barn, and I gladly worked to secure reimbursement for its construction costs. But, the real credit goes to this community and the Museum’s caretakers. Everyone involved with this project has done a great job and put in a lot of hard work to make this happen.”

Completion of the Agreement partially satisfies a challenge made by the Sweetgrass Foundation which conditioned a grant of $15,000 on the Museum receiving the CCAP grant and raising another $15,000 to match it. Members and friends of the Museum are encouraged “double their money” through donations to the building fund.

The new building will be 40 X 60 feet in area. The all-steel building will be designed for initial use as a collection storage facility. The open frame structure will allow it to be modified as needed for other applications in the future. Exhibit space, classrooms, offices, or even a welcome center are possibilities. The building will be located near the recently completed multi-purpose building at the Museum’s 115-acre farm on State Hwy. 345 in Madrid.

Trustee Paul Moore is in charge of seeing to completion of designs and selection of contractors. The CCAP Agreement calls for “Purchase and construction of a steel building including additional architectural details; electrical facilities; connections for future sewage and water; site preparation; leveling and grading; driveways; sidewalks; rails and curbs; and landscape features.” It is hoped that the building will be completed and in use prior to the June Exhibition in 2009.

Those wishing to support construction of the Collections Building and help meet the Sweetgrass Foundation challenge may do so by sending contributions to SLPEM, PO Box 400, Madrid, NY 13660 and designating the gift to be used for that purpose. The St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum is a 501(c)(3), education corporation, provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. The Museum is operated entirely by member volunteers working to preserve the history of how people in the North Country lived and how technology helped shape their lives. For more information visit or call (315) 353-2888.