Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 06, 2009 10:30 ET

The Government of Canada Provides Support for Macaulay House

PICTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament (Prince Edward-Hastings), today announced funding for Macaulay House, a heritage home built in 1830, and for Macaulay Museum, a former church, both of which are integral parts of the Macaulay Heritage Park in Prince Edward County.

This funding will be used to repair humidity-related damage in the basement of Macaulay House to ensure that the structural soundness of the building is maintained. It will also allow for a renovation feasibility study of the Macaulay Church Museum. The study will assess the scope of the project, address financial planning, and develop new collaborations and partnerships in the arts community.

"By investing in historical institutions such as Macaulay House, our Government is giving Canadians access to our rich heritage," said Minister Moore. "The Reverend William Macaulay came to this region as a missionary, built St. Mary Magdalene's Church, and donated his own property to have a school and courthouse constructed. He would undoubtedly be very pleased to see his former home being used as a place for learning and fun."

"The Macaulay House and Church Museum is representative of the impressive architectural heritage of Prince Edward County," said Mr. Kramp. "I am so pleased that these investments will help maintain and develop this historic and educational site for future generations of visitors."

"Thank you to the Government of Canada for providing the financial assistance and recognizing the importance of these two municipal volunteer-supported projects for the County of Prince Edward and Macaulay Heritage Park," said Leo Finnegan, Mayor, County of Prince Edward.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 for the renovations of Macaulay House through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Museums Assistance Program. 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. The Government has provided an additional $10,000 for a feasibility study of the Macaulay Church Museum through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Cultural Spaces Canada Program. This program provides funding for the construction and renovation of arts and heritage facilities, for the purchase of specialized equipment, and for feasibility studies and projects to transform buildings into arts or heritage facilities.

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
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155