CAVENDISH, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont town that was the home of exiled Soviet dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn for nearly two decades is a step closer to opening a museum dedicated to him.
The Universalist/Unitarian Convention of Vermont and Canada has voted to deed the Stone Church to the town of Cavendish for eventual use as a museum space focused on the Nobel Prize-winning writer and activist.
Solzhenitsyn lived in Cavendish from 1977 to 1994 and died in Russia in 2008. He is known for "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" and "The Gulag Archipelago," based on his years in prison and labor camps for criticizing Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
The Eagle-Times reports Saturday's vote still needs to be approved by the church's governing body before it becomes town property.
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