By Staff

STURBRIDGE (CBS) — A living history museum in Central Massachusetts has received a $5 million bequest. Old Sturbridge Village said it’s the largest gift in the museum’s history.

The donation came from the estate of longtime benefactor Helen (Susie) Titus, who died last year after a short illness.

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“The gift will ensure living history continues at Old Sturbridge Village in the future, and address capital needs on the campus, including the preservation of historic buildings and landscape,” the museum said in a statement.

Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. It is one of the oldest and largest living history museums in the United States, documenting New England life between 1790 and 1840.

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During the pandemic, most buildings have been closed while costumed historians give demonstrations and talks outside.

The museum attracts about 250,000 visitors every year.

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