Government of Canada provides financial support for the Admiral Digby
Library and Historical Society
DIGBY, NS, Feb. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided
funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society acquire
Member of Parliament Greg Kerr (West Nova) today announced $3,488 in
funding for the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society on behalf
of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.
The Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society owns and operates the
Admiral Digby Museum, which houses a genealogical and historical
research facility open to the public. With the funding announced today,
the Society will acquire a microfilm scanner to be used in the
preservation, presentation, and exhibition of materials that have been
microfilmed over the years.
This specialized equipment will allow the Society to expand and improve
the quality of its programming. The museum's historical documents that
are currently available only on microfilm will be used in exhibitions
and an outreach program for public schools. This equipment will enhance
research conditions for individuals, heritage organizations, and museum
staff and volunteers who use the society's genealogical research
facility. Local audiences will also have increased access to heritage
The Admiral Digby Library officially opened its doors to the public in
The museum is housed in a Georgian-style home constructed in the 1800s.
It is one of the oldest structures in the town of Digby and is named in
honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby, who brought Loyalists settlers to
the town in 1783.
The museum houses a collection of old furnishings, textiles,
photographs, and maps; a marine room contains many artifacts pertaining
to the Digby area and its maritime history.
"Canadians have greater access to our history thanks to the continuous
commitment of our Government. Historical institutions, such as the
Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society, are where Canadians can
go to learn more about the people and events that shaped our history."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"With this new acquisition, the Admiral Digby Library and Historical
Society will have state-of-the-art equipment to help preserve and
provide increased access to local history and heritage. This funding
reiterates our Government's interest in keeping our history alive."
—Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)
"This contribution from the Department of Canadian Heritage will allow
the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society/Admiral Digby Museum
to purchase a microfilm scanner, which is a critical component for
researching on microfilms for our forthcoming exhibition commemorating
the 100th anniversary of the onset of First World War and other public
—Sheryl Stanton, Curator/Administrator, Admiral Digby Museum
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Digby Admiral Museum
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Communications Manage Atlantic Region