TESLIN, YUKON, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Cultural and historical artifacts
that chronicle the history of Yukon and its people will be protected
and preserved, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.
This was announced today by Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon), on
behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
This investment will support the renovation and revitalization of the
historic George Johnston Museum, located at Mile 804 along the famed
Alaska Highway. Structural improvements will include stabilizing the
building's foundation, repairing damaged ceilings, and levelling the
floor. Mould removal and moisture proofing are among the interior
enhancements that will help protect the museum's significant collection
of Inland Tlingit artifacts.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
important cultural institutions like the George Johnston Museum," said
Minister Moore. "By supporting these upgrades, our Government is
delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our
arts, culture, and heritage."
"The George Johnston Museum has been bringing enjoyment to the residents
of Teslin and beyond for many years," said Mr. Leef. "The Museum brings
to life an important part of our long and storied history. We want
residents and visitors to Yukon to experience Canada's diverse cultural
heritage in the best possible way."
"When it comes to rural museums, Teslin's George Johnston Museum is one
of the true jewels," said Carolyn Allen, Secretary-Treasurer of the
Teslin Historical and Museum Society. "This funding from the Government
of Canada will ensure our many artifacts will not suffer because of
foundation and moisture issues."
The George Johnston Museum, founded in 1973, is owned and operated by
the Teslin Historical and Museum Society, a non-profit heritage
organization run by a volunteer board of directors and local history
enthusiasts. The Museum is named for the late George Johnston, a
celebrated photographer, trapper, trading post operator, and Elder of
the Inland Tlingit.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $50,455 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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