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Local groups among heritage support recipients

Several Central Newfoundland groups were on the receiving end of the approximately $1.2 million in funding for organizations across the province announced by government last week.

This funding will help celebrate the province’s rich culture by enhancing, protecting, and exhibiting heritage resources, while contributing to economic development in all regions of the province, a government press release stated.

“Our heritage as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians is a valuable resource that we cherish, and champion,” said Darin King, minister of business, tourism, culture and rural development. “Throughout our province, community museums, historical organizations, and dedicated volunteers work to protect and showcase our heritage.”

Operational support is being provided to heritage sector associations and 115 community organizations.

As part of this investment, the provincial government is providing $39,000 this year for a number of heritage projects such as the production of a book on the history of Norris Arm by the Norris Arm Heritage Society and the development of two interpretative panels for a new exhibit on movie nights in Millertown in the 1950 and 60s. The Red Indian Lake Heritage Society is administering that project.

Other local groups receiving support funding include: Bishop’s Falls Heritage Society; Botwood Heritage Society; Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society; Heritage Society of Peterview; Leading Tickles Heritage Society; Norris Arm Heritage Society; Point Leamington Heritage Council and the Red Indian Lake Heritage Society

“Continued operational support by the (province) through the Cultural Economic Development Program allows the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador to provide education, training and advisory services to the 153 museums and heritage groups that make up our membership,” said John Griffin, president, Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. “Our members work to preserve and exhibit our province’s tangible and intangible heritage for both residents and visitors; a task made easier with (this) financial assistance which also helps leverage funding from other sources.”

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