Government of Canada Invests in Wallaceburg and District Historical Society
Wallaceburg, Ontario –(Sept. 8, 2009) – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex), today announced funding for the Wallaceburg and District Historical Society.This funding will support the Wallaceburg and District Museum, operated by the Society, with a preservation initiative and will improve facilities for the collection of artifacts, including the revolutionary multi-bullet Lee rifle from around 1840. The Museum documents the history of the area from its first Aboriginal societies, through European settlement, to contemporary life.
“Our Government is proud to support the Wallaceburg and District Museum’s preservation project,” said Minister Moore. “The museum’s dedication to cutting-edge conservation practices helps highlight Wallaceburg’s rich history and heritage.”
“Updates to the Museum’s space will improve visitor and tourist access to these precious national treasures, as well as to the community’s dynamic history,” said Mr. Shipley. “This is just another example of how our Government continues to invest in cultural institutions across the country, and I am proud to support the Wallaceburg and District Historical Society.”
“The support granted to the museum will provide an enhanced experience for the visitor,” said Adam Cooke, Curator/Manager of the Wallaceburg and District Museum. “It will allow the preservation of the collection through the purchase and installation of environmentally safe artifact shelving and the creation of collection-management space in the primary storage area.”
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $21,200 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly Cultural Spaces Canada)( http://pch.gc.ca/pgm/fcec-capf/index-eng.cfm). This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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Deirdra McCracken – Director of Communications