Museum Receives Funding to Commemorate B.C.?s 150th Anniversary

TUMBLER RIDGE – The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation will receive $10,000 from the Pride in Our Communities, BC150 Years Local Museums program, announced Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom.

The funding will be used to develop two permanent exhibits: coal and the creation of Tumbler Ridge and First Nations history in Tumbler Ridge.

?Tumbler Ridge has a rich history with the coal mine industry and the museum should have an exhibit that reflects it,? says Lekstrom. ?We?re celebrating 150 years of history as British Columbia as a province, and the interesting culture of our First Nations – soon to be displayed in a new exhibit – play an important role in that past.?

The Province of B.C. and The British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) have announced the recipients for the Pride in Our Communities grants program that will be helping 39 organizations in communities throughout the province highlight their history as part of the BC150 Years celebrations.

The $350,000 grant program was created to help B.C.?s local museums and heritage organizations plan special exhibits and events to commemorate BC150 Years. Each project will be featured in 2008 as part of the BC150 Years celebrations, and will become a permanent part of each organization?s collection. As well, local museums and heritage organizations will be able to leverage this funding to create projects totaling more than $1.6 million.

The province?s 535 museums, art galleries and heritage institutions attract more than seven million visitors every year, and this funding will help local arts and heritage organizations reach out to both residents and visitors.

BC150 Years is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858. Every community in B.C. is invited to participate in this year-long celebration of B.C.?s cultural diversity, community strength and widespread achievement. For more information on BC150 Years events and programs, please visit www.bc150.gov.bc.ca.

The BC150 Years Pride in Our Communities heritage and museums program is administered by The British Columbia Museums Association. For more information on The British Columbia Museums Association, please visit www.museumsassn.bc.ca.