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Press Release - Museum receives funding for project

Museum Receives Funding for Project

We are thrilled to announce the museum was successful in its request for funding for the Pemberton Station School and John Arn Cabin project from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) Unique Heritage Infrastructure stream. The museum will be awarded $127,844 in funding for the project which sees the development of much needed educational programming, exhibit and collection storage space at the Pemberton Museum. The project sees the reconstruction and rehabilitation of two historic buildings at the museum site.  The Pemberton Station School was built in 1929 and is a one room school.  The John Arn cabin was built in 1907 and is a pioneer homestead.  This project results in cultural space for heritage, arts and community group use into the future, completing the Pioneer Village originally conceived in 1982 by the museum founders

This announcement is part of BC’s $10 billion COVID response, which includes the Stronger BC for Everyone recovery plan —a plan that protects people’s health and livelihoods while supporting businesses and communities —and the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP). “We could not be happier to have this recognition and support from the Province,” says Paul Gravett, executive director of Heritage BC. “Through this funding program, the Province not only provided the largest one-time infusion of funds into the heritage sector, but it also recognized the importance and potential of heritage infrastructure and its place in our province’s economic picture.”

“Funding heritage and cultural projects throughout British Columbia is vital for communities and their wellbeing. It allows them to remain connected to their past and it helps to support their cultural organizations” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “This funding also helps communities recover from the pandemic with investments in programs that benefit the whole community.”

The museum’s project was a great fit for this program as Brenda McLeod, President of the Museum Society recently explained to the Pemberton Valley Utilities and Service Committee when explaining the museum’s plans.  She explained, “like other museums in Canada, the Pemberton Museum remained closed to the public throughout 2020 due to COVID restrictions.  The closure has resulted in loss of revenue for the museum, as well as delays in moving forward with the School House and Arn Cabin projects. It has been a challenge to follow our master plan as we navigate through COVID. The Pemberton Museum Board plans to revise its master plan in 2021 to better reflect the changed approach to providing museum service to our community; putting emphasis on online access to collections and museum programming.  The Museum’s 2 major capital projects; restoration of the School house and the John Arn cabin have been delayed due to the challenges of COVID however, we are moving forward now, weather permitting”. 

She also said, “We are excited for the future of the Pemberton Museum. The museum is an animated park and gathering place in the downtown core. It is visited by tourists, locals, small family groups, community groups, school groups, seniors, and youth throughout the Sea to Sky corridor. Based on inquiries for use last season, we believe the museum site will be of real benefit to economic and social recovery from COVID. The school house when complete, will provide a heated space for programs, events, exhibits, and community groups through to December each year.  The school house will provide another venue for events such as memorials, anniversaries, art shows, social teas, music performances, and training/meeting space.  The Arn Cabin will provide a space to showcase the agricultural history of our area complete with artifacts.”

This project directly supports downtown businesses, tourist attractions and local visitors.  The society believes that getting the museum open to the public with the addition of these two buildings in 2021-2022 helps with economic and social recovery in the district through the pandemic.

Heritage BC says “The awarded projects show us the strong local connections of our history and heritage. CERIP has shown us the great need for this type of funding and it has shown us that people need their heritage,” says Britney Dack, chair of Heritage BC’s board of directors. “It is part of our daily lives. It is part of communities and our stories”.  The Pemberton Museum couldn’t agree more!  We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our community partners who have supported this project with letters of support, memberships, cash donations and artifacts.  We especially want to thank all of the staff and volunteers who have made the Pemberton Museum a successful long term community project since it was founded in 1982.

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John Arn

Pemberton Stn School

Pemberton Stn Schoolhouse

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 John Arn Cabin

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Schoolhouse

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Site Plan for the museum located at 7455 Prospect St.