Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 04, 2008 11:16 ET

The Government of Canada to Assist Flooded Historic Site and Museum in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 4, 2008) - The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), a national centre of excellence with the Department of Canadian Heritage, will help an important historic site in New Brunswick deal with the impact of recent flooding. The CCI, along with provincial heritage and museum officials, will lead the recovery effort at Maison Daigle-St-Jean in Clair, New Brunswick.

Flooding from the Saint John River has affected the 1848 farm house and its museum. The site also has a chapel that dates from 1860, a bunkhouse, cookhouse, and barn. Heritage objects at the historic site range from furniture and religious objects to farm implements from the early part of the 19th century.

"CCI excels in emergency response measures and will work closely with New Brunswick heritage and museum officials on recovery and conservation of important heritage material at Maison Daigle-St-Jean," said the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. "Conservators will make a site visit as soon as possible to assess the damage and prepare a plan for salvage and conservation of furniture, books and other material. The visit to the region by Prime Minister Stephen Harper underlines the seriousness of the flooding. Provincial and federal officials will continue to monitor other historic and heritage facilities that could be affected by flooding."

A special operating agency of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Conservation Institute provides conservation services to Canada's 2500 museums. It also conducts scientific research on heritage materials and the museum environment. The Institute also provides advice and training on a range of preventive conservation issues, including emergency planning and response. More information on the CCI is available at www.cci-icc.gc.ca

(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,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Conservation Institute
    Charlie Costain
    Assoc. Director General
    613-998-3721 Ext. 162