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Monday, November 7, 2016

Pincher Creek and District Historical Society receives Alberta Facility Enhancement grant

Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, MLA Pat Stier, Colleen Casey-Cyr, Mayor Don Anderberg
Chris Davis - The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society (PCDHS) was recently awarded a $18,349 Government of Alberta Community Facility Enhancement Grant, which will allow the society to continue work on the 1905 CIBC/Turcott building at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV).  According to KBPV administrator Laura Korbett "This includes finishing the building, adding heat to be able to have a volunteer workshop area in the basement. The building can then be used year round as a workshop space and meeting space along with having all the exhibits in there."  Livingstone Macleod MLA Pat Stier presented the cheque to PCDHS President Colleen Casey-Cyr on Friday November 4.  Also on hand for the ceremony were Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg and MD of Pincher Creek Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos.

CIBC/Turcott building at KBPV
PCDHS President Colleen Casey-Cyr said "I wanted to personally thank the Town and the MD for their support of the museum, because when we fill out the applications to receive grant money, I always like to put on there that we have the support from the Town and the MD. I realize I don't ask for any more cash than we can actually get more than this towards the project, but just to have the support on the project ... The support is really what gives us an upper hand in the grant process."

 "We get their moral support, we really do."

"When you write to receive a grant, they like to see that we have the support from the community, and it's not just our organization saying 'We deserve it,' or something like that."

"Without your support, it would make it a lot more difficult to keep going."

Future workshop area in the basement of CIBC/Turcott building
According to Casey-Cyr the plan is to make a well insulated workshop downstairs in the with in-floor heating and other improvements to the Turcott Building, while also protecting the artifacts in the building above. Other ways the money will be used is to help finish the outside of the building. "This museum wouldn't run without all the volunteers," she said.  "We need a place where all of our volunteers can work in the wintertime."

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