To the editor:

My wife and I, along with our children and grandchildren, have been members and fans of the Berkshire Museum for many years. Living downtown, we visit with our grandchildren (remember the butterflies?), attend community events, enjoy the foreign films and community programs.

With excitement, we read the news of the museum's plans to transform itself into a contemporary, family-friendly, educational institution. We applaud the board, Van Shields, museum staff, and community members who participated in the long-term, think tank process. Bravo!

We know hard decisions had to be made. We salute you for making them! Thank you, Berkshire Museum!

Elie Hammerling,