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Those, he added, "will have to be extensive."
Fundraising is underway and donations have come from the Royal Bank, local service clubs (Lions and Canadian Legion) and the town and township have promised monetary help. "We are now seeking grants from the Trillium Foundation and area people are giving us donations," New Balance Retro Trainers
The roof had more leaks than the Toronto Maple Leafs defensive unit and water during rainstorms poured in and ruined the floor and many of the walls. To add insult to injury, animals, mostly raccoons, started using the museum as a home.
Well, those day are past. The two municipalities that shared ownership of the museum have turned the title over to a recently formed historical society, and the task of making the museum respectable once again is in their hands.
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It served as a museum for a few years, and then for reasons that are not fully explained, the building was allowed to deteriorate to the point that ratepayers who had donated family artifacts over the years were demanding that they get them back before they were destroyed.
"Recognize it right off the bat, museums are not money makers," said Meyer. "Rather, they are another piece in the puzzle to attract visitors and make it so that they want to stay around and look around, not just motor through town."
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The town will provide a one time donation of $10,000 and "moving forward on an annual basis we donate the funds to pay for taxes, water and sewer and water filtration capital costs," Foster said.
In a recent presentation to ratepayers regarding the Town Plan, Peter Meyer of Quaddra Consulting Group said a not for profit museum plays a big part in any municipality's plans to attract visitors to their area.
"The theory is that once we keep the rain water out, we can tackle the interior renovations," said Smith.
"With countless artifacts being wrapped in plastic and put away from the elements, a thorough inventory has to be done as we start putting the museum back in order."
They are also "now recruiting volunteers to help us clean up and fix the rotting floors, replace the walls and give a paint job from top to bottom, and when we have the interior fixed up, we will turn our attention to the exterior."
Smith's roots are in the area. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie but spent countless hours with his grandparents, Reuben and Ethel Beilhartz, in Rydal Bank. "Since a child, I have been in love with this area, and it was always my intention to move back when I retired from GM in Oshawa, and now that my wife and I are back, you won't be able to pry us away," he said.
Mayor Foster said that "in the spirit of co operation, the Town of Bruce Mines and the historical society have agreed to proceed in preserving the museum through a transfer of ownership to the historical society."
Municipal councils have always paid lip service to plans to correct the situation, but they didn't do anything, except on some occasions wrap artifacts in plastics and place them in storage where the elements could not destroy them.
over the years has been a Presbyterian church, a school house and a post office, became a museum in 1960. Arthur Henderson teamed with Reuben Beilhartz, a Rydal Bank retired businessman who would serve as curator.
Mines and Plummer Additional Township have complained about the rapidly deteriorating museum located on the main drag of Bruce Mines. And with good reason.
Additional parking space is required and the society is hoping this can be incorporated in the downtown development program that is to be started shortly.
"So we did," said Smith. "We have formed a historical society where donations to help us are tax deductible and the five of us are now setting out to restore the museum."
Nobody envies them the job. The building is a disgraceful mess and at the moment quotes are being sought for a steel roof that they want to have in place by the end of November.
Ron Smith, who has just completed a final move back to Bruce Mines after retiring as a quality control engineer for General Motors in Oshawa, heads up a five member team on the historical society. The rest are Bill Gunn, Larry Peterson, Connie Bennett and Jean Kettles. Smith, Bennett and Kettles were members of the former heritage board along with Ted Leahy, Sarah Jane Swain and Ed Golec, when Bruce Mines Mayor Darren Foster and his council basically got rid of them over a year ago and told them to "go out and form a historical society that qualifies for government help and run the museum and we will do what we can to help you."
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The society hopes to have the museum up and running for the next tourist season, and for the present, winter closure will be the norm, as a heating system will be required for colder weather months.
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