This article appeared on the Albany Times Union blog on November 12, 2015.

Behold! New Lebanon tapped for $175,000 innovation prize

Behold! New Lebanon, the recently formed living museum of contemporary rural life, will receive $175,000 over three years as an inaugural winner of the J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize.

JMK logoAn initiative of the J.M. Kaplan Family Foundation, the prize “supports and raises the visibility of U.S.-based teams or individuals addressing our country’s most pressing needs through social-sector innovation,” according to a Behold! press release. Behold! is one of 10 winners from more than 1,100 applications.

The museum is the brainchild of Ruth Abram, who also founded the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. It offers tours, workshops and demonstrations led by guides explaining and illustrating rural life and work: sausage-making, craft-making, foraging, plowing with horses.

For more information about Behold!, see For more on the J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize, see

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