Saint Albans Museum to host digital “Rail City” Raffle benefit on September 18

The Saint Albans Museum (SAM) is pleased to announce a new virtual fundraising event on Friday, September 18, 2020 – the “Rail City” Raffle.
Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, SAM is not able to host our typical Calcutta benefit dinner this year. Coming together in the Bliss Room for an evening of food, strategy, and fun – celebrating the stories of our community– is certainly a tradition we will miss sharing with you. As a nonprofit museum, the Calcutta was our largest annual fundraiser. This highly anticipated event has been reimagined, however – you still have an opportunity to support our local history and win (while keeping socially distant, of course!). We invite you to enter our new “Rail City” Raffle – only 100 tickets will be sold:
Grand Prize: $2,000
2nd Prize: $750
3rd Prize:: $250
There will be several additional drawings for ‘door’  prizes, including SAM memberships, gift certificates to area businesses, local history books, and more!
Registration is $100 per ticket and each includes one entry into the raffle, as well as an invitation to the online live drawing and private “from the vault” tour, led by staff members Alex Lehning & Lisa Evans. Raffle participants will be able to login on Friday, September 18 at 7pm for a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of our 1861 renaissance revival-style schoolhouse  – virtually. Enjoy an exclusive look at historic objects and documents in the museum’s collections which are not currently on display. You need not be ‘present’ to win.
Your support of the “Rail City Raffle” is what makes SAM’s mission to preserve and share local history possible, providing critical funding for our exhibitions, educational programs, arts/music performances, tours, and other special events. Our efforts since temporarily closing in March have been largely uninterrupted thanks to the dedication of SAM’s volunteers and staff, who have pivoted to create digital content, to enhance the impact of educational programming and community outreach online, and to broaden public access to the museum’s collections and archives with an outdoor “pop-up” display…all because of the investment made in the Museum by members, donors, and our community.
Contact the museum office at (802) 527-7933 for more details about the event, or to reserve your ticket by phone/mailed check. You may also purchase your ticket safely and securely through our online gift shop at