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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bruce County Museum Raising Expansion Money

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is on an 11.6-million-dollar quest to raise funds.

The Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is on an 11.6-million-dollar quest to raise funds for the facility's expansion and renovations.

Museum Curator Cathy McGirr and other staff members were before Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole, September 10th, presenting their plans and asking the town to consider a donation of $25,000 towards the cause.

McGirr says they're asking for a $5,000 pledge per year for the next five years.

She says they'll be travelling to the other municipalities in Bruce County making similar requests.

McGirr says they've already received a 2-million-dollar commitment from Bruce County and with future fundraising activities, government grants and corporate donations, they hope to reach their goal.

She says the expansion will include a new building and renovations to the existing facility.

McGirr says the new building will house much-needed archive storage space, a larger research room as well as a larger community gallery with potentially two classroom spaces.

She says, the fundraising is for the expansion of the facility and does not take into account the proposed Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute, which could be part of the museum property.

If that project should go ahead, then additional fundraising may have to be done, but nothing has been defined at this point.

You may recall Bruce Power and Bruce County have joined forces wanting to create the institute as an international centre of excellence for applied research and nuclear training.

The preferred location according to Bruce Power is on the property, immediately south of the current museum where the former St. Paul's Anglican Church Rectory is standing.

Meanwhile, councillors approved sending the museum's fundraising request to town staff to include in the town's 2019 budget discussions.

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