The Columbia Basin Trust is providing over $490,000 to 13 different East Kootenay heritage projects.
The largest is a $300,000 grant to the Cranbrook History Centre to help build a train shed to protect valuable rail cars.
Heritage buildings, archives and museum artifacts are part of how communities in the Basin hold onto their histories. To make sure future generations can also benefit from these historical assets, Columbia Basin Trust has made significant headway on its commitment to preserve the region’s heritage. Recently, it committed over $2 million to 42 heritage projects.
“In as many ways as history is varied, the methods to preserve this history vary as well,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust. “That’s why we’re open to being flexible in how we support heritage-related needs in the Basin, such as grants for built heritage, museums and archives, capacity support and purchasing assets ourselves.”
The Trust is supporting a range of projects, from digitizing historical school yearbooks, to creating a municipal conservation policy, to upgrading how a museum stores its artifacts, to repairing and preserving heritage structures.
In Marysville, the Old Marysville Schoolhouse will be getting a new coat of exterior paint. Used as a school from 1910 to 1949, the school has already had its interior restored and outfitted as an early 20th-century schoolhouse. Owned by the Kimberley District Heritage Society, it is currently open to the public as a museum and used by school classes.
“This project is important as it preserves one of our oldest intact heritage buildings and will provide future generations with a tangible part of our history,” said Marie Stang, Administrator. “We hope that projects like this will encourage others to preserve heritage buildings too, rather than discarding them, so that they may continue to tell the story of our community and its people.”
Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org or call 1.800.505.8998.
Built Heritage Grants 2018 Intake:
Cranbrook – ?aqam – St Eugene Mission Church Conservation – $80,000
Cranbrook – Cranbrook History Centre – Train Shed – $300,000
Invermere – Columbia Valley Arts Council – Pynelogs Floor and Staircase Refinishing – $4,439
Kimberley – Kimberley District Heritage Society – Old Marysville Schoolhouse Exterior Painting – $8,653
Heritage, Museum and Archive Grants, Spring 2018 Intake:
Cranbrook – ?aqam – ?aq’am Cultural Trek 2018 – $5,000
Cranbrook – Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History – Pages from the Past – $4,491
Fernie – Fernie and District Historical Society – Fernie Museum Collections Management Project – Phase 1 – $31,170
Fernie – Fernie Heritage Cemetary Restoration Society – Collection Management – $6,720
Fernie – Knox United Church Fernie – Heritage Conservation Society – $15,650
Golden – Golden and District Historical Society – Small Collections Management – $12,000
Invermere – Shuswap Indian Band – Heritage Building Assessments – $10,000
Invermere – Windermere District Historical Society – Digitization of Windermere Valley Museum’s Collection – $8,545
Kimberley – Kimberley Nature Park Society – Society Archives – $4,500
(Pictured: The Cranbrook History Centre is building a train shed over some of their most valuable railcars)