Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 20, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Bring Travelling Exhibit to Scugog

PORT PERRY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 20, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Beverly J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament (Durham), today announced funding for the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre and Archives to host a travelling exhibition on Vikings, starting this November.

"Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans" will present an overview of the traditional life and contributions of the Viking and Norse people with a variety of artifacts, replicas, photographs, and graphics. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn from the educational programming developed in conjunction with this exhibit.

"We are proud to support institutions that help enrich the cultural life of Canadians and inform them about our history," said Minister Moore. "Cultural centres and museums are crucial to the vitality of communities across our country, as they help Canadians understand our past and shared heritage."

"Vikings will be front and centre at the Scugog Cultural Centre Museum for families to enjoy," said Minister Oda. "I am pleased that our Government is helping to bring this exciting exhibit to our community, as it will be a great learning experience for children and adults alike."

"The funds provided to the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre and Archives will make it possible for Scugog residents and school groups to experience this national exhibit without leaving their own community," said Aurora Hall, Cultural Program Assistant, Township of Scugog. "The grant will also help attract visitors from across Durham and Southern Ontario to the new facility, allowing Scugog to showcase its new centre. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the ongoing support provided by the Government of Canada."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,600 under the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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    819-994-9101
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