General News · 30th June 2013
Cortes Museum & Archives
On Sunday, July 14th, 2013 the Cortes Museum & Archives Society is hosting an afternoon celebration in honour of the official opening of its Legacy Building Expansion Project—a project commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Michael Manson’s purchase of what is now known as Manson’s Landing Park. A 1:30pm ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by entertainment and refreshments. Tours of the museum will follow the ceremony.
Funded in part through a grant from Heritage Canada’s Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program and a BC Arts Council Capacity & Sustainability Grant, the Museum & Archives building was expanded by 672 square feet. New areas include: a climate-controlled storage area to house the ever-growing Artifact and Archives Collections, a public archives research room, a work room, and an office for the Museum’s outreach volunteers and coordinator. The new space will provide increased opportunities for Cortes residents and visitors to interact with local heritage, access archival materials, and create exhibits or projects for our Public Education program. As part of this Legacy Project a new exhibit featuring the history of Manson’s Landing has been created.
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the important role of the Federal and Provincial government grants in the completion of this Project. It also wishes to recognize the generous assistance of our community partners such as the Strathcona Regional District, the Coastal Community Credit Union and the Vancouver and Tides foundations. The Cortes community also made generous donations of labour and materials that were crucial to the Project’s completion - over 600 volunteer hours and 25 volunteers helped us reach our goal.
The Museum & Archives invites all those unable to attend the July 14th opening to visit the Museum another day. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm (June thru August), and Friday-Saturday, 12pm-4pm (September thru May). For more information, please visit cortesmuseum.ca, or contact the Cortes Museum at 250-935-6340, or at cimastwincomm.ca.