Vilas Bridge: Friends of Library near fundraising goal

ROCKINGHAM — The Friends of the Rockingham Library thank all community members who gave to its fundraising campaign to purchase the painting "Vilas Bridge" by Jerry Pfohl for the Rockingham Library's permanent collection. The painting is currently on display above the fireplace in the Biography Room of the library.

Pfohl (1929-2010), a nationally-recognized painter, lived and worked in the Greater Falls Region for decades, including a stint teaching art at the Putney School, and often used the Bellows Falls area as subject matter for his paintings.

The Friends are very close to reaching their fundraising goal of $12,500, and they invite those who have considered donating, but not have done so yet, to stop by the library or visit to make a donation. Expecting to reach their goal, the Friends invite the community to celebrate the acquisition of the painting with a ribbon cutting at the Library's Annual Holiday Community Party.

This summer, the Friends of the Rockingham Library sponsored a series of programs celebrating the Vilas Bridge's significance to the region. The final event will be "Bridge Building: Family Engineering Challenge on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., when each family will design, build and test their bridge.


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