Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 25, 2014 09:00 ET

Investing in the 100th Anniversary of the Listowel Agricultural Hall

Government of Canada supports commemoration of building used for military training during the First World War

LISTOWEL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 25, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided $8,800 to the Listowel Agricultural Society through the Legacy Fund of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament (Perth-Wellington), announced the funding today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding supports the installation of a commissioned sculpture and a commemorative bench, as well as minor renovations to the interior of the Hall.

Quick Facts

  • The Listowel Armoury, built in 1914, is where the Canadian Expeditionary Force received their basic military training before heading overseas during the First World War.
  • It was decommissioned in 1970 and became the Listowel Agricultural Hall, as it is still known today.
  • The Listowel Agricultural Hall hosts a variety of community gatherings, including the Listowel Fair.

Quotes

"Communities across the country have important reminders of the people, places and events that have helped make Canada what it is today. The Government is pleased to be associated with commemorative projects that help celebrate them."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"With this support, the community will be able to enjoy this century-old building for many years to come and remember Listowel's contribution to our country's war effort."

-Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament (Perth-Wellington)

"The Listowel Agricultural Society is very grateful to Canadian Heritage for providing the support to allow us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Listowel Armouries and to honour those who trained in the building and who served our country. This building, now known as the Listowel Agricultural Hall, is a cornerstone in the community. The support from Canadian Heritage will ensure that this historical building is an integral part of the community for many years to come and that those who trained in the building and who served our country will not be forgotten."

-Rodger Schildroth, President, Listowel Agricultural Society

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Listowel Agricultural Society

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
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