Hildene wins approval for educational space

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Hildene has won approval from village officials in Manchester to build a new space for its expanding educational programs.

The five-thousand-square-foot building will be located next to the existing visitors center.

The museum’s education programs have operated out of the visitors center, but they’ve grown from serving 200 children to 1,500, and there’s not enough space anymore.

Hildene is the former home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln.

It’s a museum open to the public but also provides science and environmental programs.

The estate also plans to renovate the visitors center and upgrade the grounds and parking, including building a sugar house.

The project is scheduled to be finished in July 2007.

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