Financial support provided for new equipment at Colchester Historeum

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Life in the Heart of Nova Scotia will be showcased in exhibit at Truro site

TRURO – Federal funding of $50,000 has been provided to the Colchester Historical Society to aid in its site improvement plans.

Joe Ballard, left, president of the Colchester Historical Society, is seen receiving a loonie from area MP Scott Armstrong during a funding announcement in Truro on Monday. Armstrong light-heartedly contributed the dollar to round off the federal government’s contribution of $49,999 to an even $50,000. HARRY SULLIVAN – TRURO DAILY NEWS

The announcement was made Monday afternoon at the Colchester Historeum in Truro by Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

“Here we have 60 years of Colchester County’s history,” Armstrong said, of the fact the historeum will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. “Keeping this history alive for future generations is something that you should all be proud of,” he told the small gathering at the announcement.

“And as a result of this society’s efforts the Colchester Historeum has a wonderful collection of artifacts relating to our social, cultural and natural history that is a great source of pride for the people in this region,” Armstrong said.

The federal contribution was actually in the amount of $49,999 but was rounded off to an even $50,000 when Armstrong contributed a loonie from his own pocket to the society.

“You know sometimes in government, strange things happen,” he said, of the way the figures worked out.

“I have that extra loonie,” he light-heartedly told society president Joe Ballard. “You can round that off now to $50,000.”

The funding is to assist the society in its plans to acquire specialized equipment to present an exhibition called Life in the Heart of Nova Scotia. That includes the purchase and installation of new artifact display cases (with support bases that double as seating benches) the installation of large, motorized window scrims containing images from the society's archives alongside promotional information and ultraviolet film treatment for the museum's windows.

The contribution also takes the society to within about half of its goal to raise $800,000 for the project, which is being done in phases and, optimistically, is hoped can be completed during the next 12 months.

But if that timeline should grow to two more years to generate enough funding to properly complete the project, “then so be it,” Ballard said.

“We knew that we had to revitalize, reinvent ourselves to make ourselves more relevant,” he said.

“When the exhibit is fully up and running, we expect to be able to tell the full story of Colchester County. That hasn’t been done properly for a long time. We look as this as an opportunity to really update our product offering here.”

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Organizations: Canadian Heritage

Geographic location: Colchester County

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