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5,000 artifacts of St. Johnsbury need new home

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - More than 5,000 artifacts showing the history of St. Johnsbury are closer to getting a new home.

The St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center needs space to establish a museum of local artifacts that are being discarded by the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. Most of the items are in storage.

Vermont Public Radio reports the group has found a Victorian mansion and is working to raise enough money to make the move possible. About $250,000 is needed, and organizers say they've raised about $100,000 so far.

The history center had been ready to use the town's former armory on Main Street, but officials backed away from that because of concerns about the presence of toxic chemicals and a lack of grants to fix the problem.

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