PRINCE WILLIAM, NB, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help create a new exhibition hall at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
Member of Parliament John Williamson (New Brunswick Southwest) today announced $30,310 in funding for the Kings Landing Corporation on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.
Kings Landing Historical Settlement is a living history museum depicting and interpreting life in rural New Brunswick from the 18th to the 20th century, with a main focus on the 19th century. With this investment, space in the visitor reception centre will be renovated to create an exhibition area that will showcase artifacts and travelling exhibits.
Kings Landing has in trust a collection of about 70,000 artifacts, which the public will be able to view in June when the exhibit hall is expected to open. The new space will enable Kings Landing to better create, present, and exhibit arts and heritage experiences.
- In almost 40 years, more than 3 million visitors have experienced history coming to life at the Kings Landing Historical Settlement in Prince William, New Brunswick.
- The living history museum was created over a period from 1967 to 1974. It now encompasses a 300-acre site and employs more than 150 people.
- The Kings Landing Corporation, which operates the Historical Settlement, is a Crown corporation of the Province of New Brunswick.
- To create the new exhibition hall, current space in the visitor reception centre will be demolished. Work will also include installing drywall, painting, and adding new flooring, doors, and lighting.
"I am pleased that our Government is supporting the Kings Landing Historical Settlement in the expansion of its heritage activities. The new exhibition hall will give residents and visitors even wider access to the rich heritage of this region of New Brunswick."
—JohnWilliamson, Member of Parliament (New Brunswick Southwest)
"Our Government is committed to making our history more accessible to Canadians. By investing in infrastructure for heritage institutions such as the Kings Landing Historical Settlement, we encourage Canadians to learn more about the people and events that shape our history."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"Kings Landing Historical Settlement has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to learn about how New Brunswickers lived many years ago. We are pleased that the federal government has recognized the need to invest in the site to enhance the visitor experience and educational opportunities offered there."
—Trevor Holder, New Brunswick Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
"We're very pleased that the Government of Canada is investing in this worthwhile project. This new exhibit centre will enable our guests even more access to some of the province's best treasures and the history they hold."
—Kevin Cormier, Executive Director of Kings Landing Corporation
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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