RICHMOND, BC, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment from the Government of
Canada will allow the history of the former village of Steveston—now
part of the city of Richmond—to be preserved for generations to come.
This was announced today by the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament (Richmond), on behalf of the
Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Funding will enable the Richmond Museum Society to complete a
collections management project at the Richmond Museum from January 2 to
March 31, 2013. The Society will purchase and install specialized
storage units to manage artifacts from the Steveston Museum collection
and integrate artifact location records into the Museum's digital
collections management system. With the ability to properly catalogue
and retrieve any of the 5,000 artifacts quickly and efficiently, the
Society will ensure long-term public access to the collection.
"This year marks the start of the five year countdown to Canada's 150th
birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue
to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous
and free country we are today."
"Richmond is a diverse community with a fascinating history," said Ms.
Wong. "This exhibit allows us to preserve some of the most important
aspects of the past, while enabling the Richmond Museum Society to take
advantage of modern technological advancements. Because of this
investment, the Steveston Museum collection will be accessible for
years to come."
"We appreciate the support provided by the Government of Canada to help
us preserve these important historical artifacts," said Keith Lidtke,
Chair of the Board of the Richmond Museum Society. "This new storage
facility and digital archive will increase access to the artifacts by
researchers, exhibitions, and the public."
The Richmond Museum is accessible to the public through a wide range of
collections, exhibits, and public programming. The Society aims to
increase awareness and appreciation of Richmond's diverse history and
heritage. Its collection holdings include archaeology, ethnology, and
artifacts related to the agricultural and commercial history of the
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $49,130 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding
to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster
excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the
treasures of our collective heritage.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)