QAHN's Local Built Heritage Restoration Initiative Funds 5 Museum Projects!

The historic Kempffer House. Photo - Heritage New Carlisle.
The historic Kempffer House. Photo - Heritage New Carlisle.

--January 17, 2022.

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is pleased to announce a brand new initiative for 2022. With the help of funding from Quebec's Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, QAHN, through its "Local Built Heritage Restoration Initiative," will now be able to support restoration work and other upgrades at five museums in three regions of the province, all member-organizations of the Heritage Network. The museums, which will share the bulk of the $50,000 grant, are all historically closely connected to Quebec's English-speaking community.

Institutions receiving support through this program include the following:

--the Société d’histoire et musée Comté de Compton (Musée Eaton Corner) (Cookshire-Eaton, Eastern Townships), to improve external handicap and seniors access to the early 19th century museum building.

--the Société d’histoire du Comté de Richmond (Melbourne, Eastern Townships), to upgrade and modernize restroom facilities within the 19th century museum building.

--Héritage New Carlisle / Centre d’interprétation Maison Kempffer (New Carlisle, Gaspésie), to improve handicap access throughout the historic home that now houses the interpretation centre.

--the Société historique de Stanstead / Musée Colby-Curtis (Stanstead, Eastern Townships), to restore and upgrade an annex at the back of the 1850s-era museum building, and to convert the space into a functional educational facility.

-- the Centre d’histoire Greenwood (Hudson, Montérégie), to undertake exterior and interior restoration work on the historic buildings.

QAHN executive director Matthew Farfan is delighted with the project. "We really appreciate the support of the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers," he said. "This initiative enables us to provide direct support -- and funding -- to our institutional members to do some of the things that are a priority to them; in some cases these things have been on their wish lists for years. So we are really excited about this, and look forward to seeing the projects develop!"