McGuinty Government Invests In Oil Museum of Canada

    Capital Grants Help Create Jobs and Stimulate the Economy

    OIL SPRINGS, ON, March 6 /CNW/ - The Oil Museum of Canada will look its
best when it celebrates the 150th anniversary of the world's first commercial
oil well, thanks to funding for retrofits and improvements, Minister of
Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today.
    "The museum highlights the economic and cultural impact that Lambton
County had on the world as a result of its petroleum industry," said Di Cocco.
"The McGuinty government is pleased to provide support that will allow the
museum to complete improvements ahead of schedule."
    Opened in 1960, the Oil Museum of Canada is located on the site where the
first commercial oil well in North America was dug in 1858. The museum is open
year round to serve both local residents and tourists visiting Lambton County.
Permanent exhibits focus on the early history of the oil industry in North
America and Lambton County. Exterior exhibits include simulated working oil
wells and period oil equipment and machinery. Special public events are
offered at the museum throughout the year. The Oil Museum is commemorated as a
national historic site.
    Lambton's Oil Heritage District celebrates 15 distinct world firsts,
including the first gusher and the first commercial oil well in North America.
Lambton County is preparing to ask the United Nations to declare the district
a World Heritage Site, a process that takes a decade of preparation.
    Robert Tremain, museum curator for the County of Lambton, said, "This is
a marvelous one-time opportunity for the Oil Museum of Canada to share Lambton
County's proud and lengthy history of oil technology with the people of
Ontario. We are delighted that the Ontario Ministry of Culture is supporting
us with funding and will join us in celebrating the 150th anniversary of our
historic achievements in 2008."
    The funding of $225,000 is part of the McGuinty government's $190 million
economic stimulus package designed to boost jobs and growth in Ontario.
    "This government is providing $6.8 million to libraries, museums and
heritage buildings across the province for ready-to-go infrastructure
projects," said Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Maria Van Bommel. "The projects
will help create jobs and economic activity in many communities outside major
urban centres."

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For further information:

For further information: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4071; Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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