BLMA receives $112,000 grant
The Beavertail Museum Lighthouse Association was recently awarded $112,000 from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, a grant-making organization headquartered in Newport. The grant will be used to expand the museum into the first floor of the keeper house by 1150 square feet, and will fund enhanced interactive exhibits.
Also, the money will allow completion of brickwork in the interior of the light tower, spiral staircase repair, fix water-intrusion problems, and improve handicap access. A new visitor minitheatre and a series of interactive touchscreen displays will allow retrieval of information from the museum’s databases, including shipwrecks and marine disasters, as well as documents and photo files from other Rhode Island lighthouses. A separate display of live ship and vessel traffic in the vicinity of the light station is also planned.
Additionally, grant-funded projects include the opening of a first-floor doorway between the gift shop and kitchen, and conversion of the kitchen into an exhibit space, both expected to be completed this year.
Additional elements of the master plan will be funded with membership dues, gift shop profits, donations and future grants. Disruptions to the museum will be minimal. Most aspects of the museum expansion will be completed this year.