It has endured a very long history of disuse and absence but a theatre curtain originally designed to hang in Ludlow is on its way home. Through the help of the Vermont Painted Theater Curtains Project, the curtain has been brought to Black River Academy Museum (BRAM) for needed restoration work prior to be hung in BRAM's auditorium.
According to Chris Hadsel, Curtain Project Director, the curtain was painted by William Stuart in Brattleboro in 1918, more than 90 years ago.
It depicted the Odd Fellows Home on Gill Terrace in Ludlow, the painted curtain measuring about 10 by 20 feet. The curtain was believed to have been hung in a Ludlow location, possibly either the Odd Fellow building on Main Street or the Gill Terrace home.
Hadsel, whose group has been recovering and restoring painted theater curtains throughout the state, estimates that the curtain probably has been in various forms of storage for up to 50 years before her group recovered it in Brattleboro.