Government of Canada Invests in Dickson Store Museum Society

August 01, 2010
SPRUCE VIEW, Alberta – On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament (Red Deer), today announced funding for the Dickson Store Museum Society.

This funding will enable the Society to realize its policy-development project. Activities will include creating, updating, and revising the museum’s collections and interpretation policies and procedures. These updated policies and procedures will ensure that the community is well informed of the organization’s purpose and long-term goals.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the efforts of local heritage institutions, which play an important role in the development of communities across Canada,” said Minister Moore. “Projects such as this one highlight the many contributions of early settlers to the region and their importance to the development of regional culture.”

“The Dickson Store Museum Society enriches the lives of people who visit or live in this region,” explained Mr. Dreeshen. “Thanks to the Museum, Albertans can become aware of their rich history.”

“The Dickson Store Museum appreciates the Government of Canada’s ongoing support,” said Sharon Lightbown, Manager. “This funding will allow the Dickson Store Museum to complete its policies in order to provide guidelines for the Museum, identify its target audiences, and provide better service to the community.”

The Dickson Store Museum Society, established in 1985, is the non-profit heritage organization responsible for the management of the Dickson Store Museum, which opened in 1991. The Museum was opened to educate the public about the history of the Dickson area, with a special emphasis on the first Danish settlement in Western Canada.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $11,474 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.