Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

November 10, 2016 10:30 ET

A New Agricultural Heritage Facility for the Lang Pioneer Village Museum

The County of Peterborough receives funding from the Government of Canada

KEENE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament (Peterborough-Kawartha), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $970,000 in funding for the construction of a new agricultural heritage building at Lang Pioneer Village Museum.

The funding was provided to the Corporation of the County of Peterborough through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. It will support the construction of a new facility that will focus on local agricultural heritage and allow visitors to experience enhanced programming in a modern, fully accessible cultural space.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is committed to investing in cultural infrastructure, because we understand how essential these facilities are for our country's heritage organizations. Support for cultural spaces allows organizations like the Lang Pioneer Village Museum to unite Canadians by preserving and celebrating our heritage."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Providing Canadians with access to arts and culture is a priority for our government, and I am proud that we are supporting the construction of the new facility at the Lang Pioneer Village Museum. I know how important this project is to the people of the County of Peterborough. It will give residents and visitors improved access to our rich local history. I look forward to visiting the space once construction is complete."

-The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament (Peterborough-Kawartha)

"We have a strong, proud and innovative agricultural community. This new facility will offer a venue to educate and show the many visitors to our living history museum the economic impact agriculture played 150 years ago and continues to do the same today within our region. We would like to thank the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the federal government and our Member of Parliament, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, who shares our vision and believes in the importance of celebrating our historical culture. Thank you for your support and investing into our project with this funding. We are now able to 'Raise the Barn.'"

-J. Murray Jones, Warden, County of Peterborough

"This is an important community project. There are many great agricultural stories to be told in our history, and I am proud to be part of this historic build that will be the newest addition to Lang Pioneer Village Museum. We look forward to bringing this project to life."

- Jim Glenn, Chair of the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building Committee

Quick Facts

  • Lang Pioneer Village Museum, owned and operated by the Corporation of the County of Peterborough, is an outdoor "living museum" near Keene, Ontario, featuring over 25 restored and recreated buildings typical of a small 19th-century village. It opened to the public in August 1967 to preserve the rich heritage of Peterborough County. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017.
  • Funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will support the construction of a new agricultural heritage building at the Museum.
  • The new facility, resembling a barn from around 1910, will display artifacts from the Museum's collection. Along with a multi-purpose room, it will also house a restoration workshop, conservation lab, accessible washroom facilities, and an "Agricultural Wall of Fame" that will celebrate local community members.

Associated Links

Lang Pioneer Village Museum

County of Peterborough

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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