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On the Road to 2017: Preserving our Historical Heritage

Government of Canada Supports the Musee Laurier

VICTORIAVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced $45,993 in funding to develop a reserve in accordance with museum standards and to handle all the collections from the personal residence of former prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. This funding, granted under the Museums Assistance Program's Collections Management component, will help improve access to the collection as we approach the 175th anniversary of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's birth in 2016.

Quick Facts

--  The project's main activities, to take place from June 9, 2014, to May
    31, 2015, will consist of buying storage units, refitting the premises,
    establishing environmental controls, photographing and classifying
    objects in the reserve, and updating the collections management
    database.
--  The project is part of the activities planned to highlight milestones in
    Canada's history as we approach the country's 150th anniversary in 2017.
    The 175th anniversary of the birth of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, to be
    celebrated in 2016, will be among the events commemorated by the
    Government of Canada.
--  For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Societe du Musee Laurier
    will highlight Prime Minister Laurier's contribution to Canada's history
    with a travelling exhibition of artifacts from the collection.

Quotes

"Our government is pleased to support the work of Musee Laurier curators-especially as 2016 will mark the 175th anniversary of the birth of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, an important milestone leading up to celebrations for the 150th anniversary of our magnificent country."

-Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"This is a welcome and timely contribution, as it coincides with the 85th anniversary of Musee Laurier's founding!"

-Gerald Milot, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Societe du Musee Laurier

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