Earl Dreeshen Announces Federal Funding for Dickson Store Museum at Annual Sunday Afternoon at the Museum

July 28, 2013

DICKSON – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support to preserve and protect historically significant collections at the Dickson Store Museum.

“For more than 20 years, the Dickson Store Museum has educated Canadians on the unique and storied history of the region,” said Mr. Dreeshen. “By investing in this important project, our Government is giving visitors, historians, and educators greater access to artifacts, while enabling the museum to take advantage of modern technological advancements.”

With this funding, the Dickson Store Museum will purchase and install a collections software system, allowing the museum to preserve and catalogue the more than 1,000 artifacts it currently houses. This project will ensure long-term access to and greater care for current and future collections.

“Our Government is committed to supporting cultural institutions to ensure that our heritage is protected, promoted, and enjoyed by Canadians,” said Minister Glover. “As we head toward Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, Canadians want to learn more about the achievements and accomplishments that have shaped our great country. Institutions like the Dickson Store Museum not only help strengthen our identity, but also contribute to the economic vitality of Canada.”

“This funding will ensure the Dickson Store Museum has the capabilities to maintain records that identify, describe, and classify all objects in the collection,” said Sharon Lightbown, Manager of the Dickson Store Museum. “Information will be readily accessible and easily shared with the community, surrounding areas, other heritage institutions and, eventually, online. We want to the thank the Government of Canada for providing funding through the Museums Assistance Program to upgrade our electronic collections management system, so that optimal access to the collection can be provided.”

The Dickson Store Museum Society, established in 1985, is a non-profit heritage organization responsible for the management of the Dickson Store Museum. Located in the hamlet of Dickson, Alberta, the museum opened in 1991 and promotes interest in the history of the region, with a special emphasis on Dickson as the first Danish settlement in Western Canada.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,102 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

To learn more about what the Government of Canada is doing to enhance Canadians’ access to their history, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca.