Commemorating a Father of Confederation

Government supports project that pays tribute to local historical personality Sir Charles Tupper

PARRSBORO, NS, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided $385,000 through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program to support the restoration and renovation of the Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum.

Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Member of Parliament (Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley), announced the funding today on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

With this support, the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Charles Tupper by updating the Museum, which was once his summer residence.

Quick Facts

  • Sir Charles Tupper purchased the Ottawa House for his summer home in 1871.
  • In 1981, the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society purchased the historic property built in the 1770's to preserve and restore it. It now houses a museum with over 450 artifacts.
  • It will be converted into an interactive museum dedicated to retelling the region's history.

Quotes
"Our government is committed to supporting commemorative projects that provide communities with lasting reminders of the people and events that have been instrumental in shaping our country as we know it today."—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"As a Father of Confederation, Sir Charles Tupper has made an important contribution to this province and to Canada, and it is fitting that he be remembered through the transformation of his summer home."
—Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Member of Parliament (Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

"Dedicated volunteers have been working diligently for the last four years on the restoration of the Ottawa House and the modernization of its associated By-the-Sea Museum. The generous grant from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program has given us a great boost—we can now complete this worthy community project."
—Colin Curleigh, President, Parrsborough Shore Historical Society

Associated Links
Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program
Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum
Sir Charles Tupper

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SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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