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Parks Canada

May 18, 2010 12:20 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Seager Wheeler's Maple Grove Farm National Historic Site of Canada

ROSTHERN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at Seager Wheeler National Historic Site. Home of world renowned agriculturalist, Seager Wheeler, this site provides an exciting opportunity for visitors to explore an early 20th Century.

"The area is rich in history and has a vibrant heritage tourism industry because of sites like Seager Wheeler National Historic Site," said Maurice Vellacott. "The conservation work that will be undertaken on the house will help ensure that future generations of Canadians will be able to experience the site in its original splendor."

Through the National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $22,000 to support a conservation project which includes repairing and repainting the wood siding, repairing wood frame windows, roof shingles, exterior doors and the front veranda of the original 1908 farm house at Seager Wheeler National Historic Site.

"Our Government plays a leadership role in the protection of Canada's heritage buildings and national historic sites," said Minister Prentice. "We recognize just how important history, heritage and tourism are to the economy, and the important role that our Cost-Sharing Program will play in support to economies, such as Rosthern, as well as to the fabric of national historic sites."

"The Seager Wheeler National Historic Site would like to thank the Government of Canada for funding and supporting us in the restoration of the 1908 house - one of the last buildings that needed restoring on our site," said Janice Penner, Manager, Seager Wheeler National Historical Society. "With this contribution, we will be able to preserve this wonderful historic resource and continue to share the legacy of Seager Wheeler's life and work."

Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, with a budget of $20 million provided in part by Canada's Economic Action Plan, reflects the government's desire to support job creation by providing funding for conservation of national historic sites.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

BACKGROUNDER

Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program

Project Recipient: Seager Wheeler Farm National Historical Society Incorporated
National Historic Site: Seager Wheeler's Maple Grove Farm
Total Project Cost: $44,550
Parks Canada's Contribution: up to $22,000

Project Description:

The conservation project involves repairing and repainting the wood siding, repairing wood frame windows, roof shingles, exterior doors and the front veranda.

Seager Wheeler's Maple Grove Farm National Historic Site

Seager Wheeler's Maple Grove Farm is a 17-hectare farmstead 6.5 kilometres east of Rosthern Saskatchewan, established by farmer, agronomist and pioneering seed breeder Seager Wheeler on the prairies in 1898. The site includes various buildings, archaeological resources, and landscape features that depict a model farm of the Wheat Boom era from 1898-1940.

The heritage value of the site lies in its association with the agricultural contribution of its original owner, in its representation of a typical prairie farm of the 1898-1940 era, and in the integrity of its multi-dimensional cultural landscape, of which the buildings, layout and planted landscape survive as a reflection of the work of the owner. Mr. Wheeler operated the farm until 1947. He constructed most of its remaining buildings and used the farm property and facilities to conduct experiments important to the development of agriculture in western Canada, from 1898 to 1940. Most of the farm continues to be owned and operated by the Wheeler family with some of the land including the original farmstead severed for operation as an agricultural tourism site.

Cost-Sharing Program

Of the 949 national historic sites, 167 are owned by Parks Canada. Other owners of national historic sites include Aboriginal groups, educational institutions, historical societies, businesses, religious groups, private owners, and other levels of government.

The National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program that can pay up to 50% of eligible costs incurred by the owner to conserve a national historic site and present its significance to Canadians for their enjoyment and appreciation. Eligible recipients include other levels of government, not-for-profit organizations and not-for-profit Aboriginal organizations.

Parks Canada places as a priority, the need to support, maintain and improve the health and wholeness - the commemorative integrity - of the national historic sites of Canada. This role extends beyond sites owned by Parks Canada, to those owned by others, as part of our vision of engaging Canadians in our mandate of protecting and presenting Canada's national historic sites.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    http://twitter.com/JimPrentice
    or
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations
    819-994-3023