Min­ers’ mu­seum marks mile­stone

50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude wide va­ri­ety of events over 10 days

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

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.”

Mom­bour­quette

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