The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) allocated $240,600 to fund 29 projects with their 2020 Heritage, Museum, and Archive Grants. The grants are in place to support projects pertaining to heritage, museums and archives, encompassing exhibits, planning, conservation, community engagement, and collections.
“During the public outreach process in 2015 for our current Columbia Basin Management Plan, residents told us that preserving basin heritage assets and supporting the work of heritage organizations was important to them,” said Kathleen Hart, communications coordinator for the CBT. “To help support this, the trust developed programs and initiatives including the Heritage, Museum and Archive Grants program to support the work of museums, archives, historical societies and similar organizations in planning, conservation, exhibits, collections and community engagement.”
Among recipients of the funding is the Fernie and District Historical Society, which is being granted $6,000 for the Fernie Collections Management Phase 3. The funds will assist with carrying out collection management tasks, correcting previous practices and adopting a solid foundation for the future.
The Fernie and District Arts Council was also granted $10,500 to aid with compiling and digitizing historical documentation and oral histories surrounding the Fernie Canadian Pacific Railway Station. The historical research will explore the station from its construction in 1908 until the present day, as it is used as an arts and cultural centre.
According to Hart, both initiatives were granted funding as they support the conservation and documentation of the community’s history.
For more information on the CBT’s heritage sector, visit their website at Ourtrust.org.