Miners’ museum marks milestone
50th anniversary celebration will include wide variety of events over 10 days
Officials at the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum are digging out the party hats.
Mary Pat Mombourquette, executive director, said in recognizing the 50th anniversary of the museum there will be nine days of celebrations from June 9-17.
“There’s something every afternoon or evening along with the regular operations at the museum,” she said. “We’re pretty excited about it.”
Mombourquette said since this is the shoulder season before tourists begin to arrive, organizers hope to engage the local community in the celebrations.
“To show (residents) the museum is not just a once in a lifetime visit that there are things going on. It’s a venue in their own area. Come on out and meet some friends and have a good time.”
A concert by the Men of the Deep will kick off celebrations on June 9 at 8 p.m.
“We are very fortunate to have them as part of our family.”
Events will continue throughout the nine-day celebration including the Davis Day ceremony on June 11 at 10 a.m. There will be speeches and music by the Men of the Deep followed by a light lunch.
Mombourquette said in reality this is a double celebration as the upgrades to the museum are nearing completion.
“We are celebrating the past 50 years but also the opportunity for the next 50 years,” she said.
“It rained (recently) and not a drop got in here. We went to every corner of the museum. I was over the moon.”
The $1.5 million upgrades began in early March and are expected to be completed by July 1.
The work includes everything from roofing the tower, windows, doors and ventilation.
“It’s the electrical system, the mechanical system, basically everything is getting done,” she said.
“Everything that holds this building together is getting work done.”