PEMBERTON, BC, April 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The historical and cultural
heritage of the Pemberton region will be preserved and showcased for
years to come, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.
Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), made this
announcement today on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This funding will enable the Pemberton and District Museum and Archives
Society to equip a new 2,500 square-foot archives building with
flooring, wiring, lighting, insulation, and plumbing. Additional
storage, display and public access space will also be created as a
result of these upgrades. Once complete, the facility will house the
Society's collection of regional artifacts and archival materials.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
the sustainability of local cultural institutions," said Minister
Moore. "By supporting these kinds of projects, we are delivering on our
commitment to strengthen Canada's economy and support arts, culture,
"This museum is a living account of the rich history and life in the
Pemberton Valley," said Mr. Strahl. "We appreciate the professional
work of the team from the Pemberton and District Museum and Archives
Society. This large-scale project will make the museum's exhibitions
and activities more accessible to the public."
"Our new facility will create a permanent home for many of our pioneer
artifacts, as well as safe, permanent storage for our archival
documents and pictures," said George Henry, President of the Pemberton
and District Museum and Archives Society. "This investment will bring
to conclusion a project started eight years ago. We are extremely
grateful for this financial assistance and the support of the
Government of Canada."
The Pemberton and District Museum and Archives Society operates the
Pemberton Museum, the only pioneer museum and archives in the Sea to
Sky corridor. It collects, preserves and displays artifacts which
illustrate themes connected with the human history of Pemberton and its
surrounding district. The Society also supports research and archival
reproductions on a yearround basis. This year marks the museum's 30th anniversary.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $66,375 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve
physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentations or
exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to
performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)