Car­bon­ear mu­seum be­ing ex­panded

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The Rail­way Sta­tion Mu­seum in Car­bon­ear is be­ing ex­panded with the help of a $58,000 con­tri­bu­tion from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment.

The project will uti­lize the area’s his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to strengthen the lo­cal econ­omy, said In­no­va­tion, Trade and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Shawn Skin­ner.

“Mu­seum de­vel­op­ments hold con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial in the so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the prov­ince’s com­mu­ni­ties and re­gions,” said Skin­ner.

With the ex­pan­sion, the mu­seum will in­tro­duce a new ex­hibit that cel­e­brates the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of Car­bon­ear Is­land.

Car­bon­ear Is­land played a key role in the French-English bat­tles in the 1600s. Ex­pan­sion of the Rail­way Sta­tion Mu­seum to de­velop the is­land’s story into a tourism at­trac­tion on the Bac­calieu Trail was out­lined in the Town of Car­bon­ear and Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties Net­work’s joint 2004 Car­bon­ear Is­land Devel­op­ment Strat­egy.

“In ad­di­tion to cel­e­brat­ing our prov­ince’s his­tory, mu­se­ums can, and do, trans­late into new eco­nomic devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. They pro­vide di­rect em­ploy­ment at the mu­seum it­self while also hold­ing in­di­rect op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses to meet the needs of mu­seum vis­i­tors,” Skin­ner added.

Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade said, “ The town, with the as­sis­tance of its part­ners, is pleased to be un­der­tak­ing ren­o­va­tions of the mu­seum.”

“ Set in the com­mu­nity’s her­itage district, the 93-year-old build­ing has long been a fo­cal point for tourists and lo­cals seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on his­tory, ge­neal­ogy, and re­search. This new ex­hibit is an­other ex­am­ple of one of the di­verse cul­tural el­e­ments that make up the con­sid­er­able her­itage and cul­tural re­sources of the town, which will be pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.”

Sched­uled to open in April 2011, the new ex­hibit will in­clude text writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and in­ter­pre­tive pan­els. In ad­di­tion to the ex­pan­sion, fund­ing will also be di­rected to­wards site im­prove­ments and greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the en­tire fa­cil­ity.

“ The Town of Car­bon­ear is an area with a rich and colour­ful his­tory,” said Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter and Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy.

“ Ex­pan­sion of the Rail­way Sta­tion Mu­seum will help tell the story of the area’s past while fur­ther en­hanc­ing the lo­cal tourism in­fra­struc­ture of­fer­ing pos­i­tive ben­e­fits for the area as a whole.”

Car­bon­ear Is­land was a de­fen­sive refuge for set­tlers of Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace in times of in­va­sion. Most sig­nif­i­cantly known for the raids by French Gen­eral Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville in which he at­tempted to rid the en­tire colony of New­found­land of English in­flu­ence, Car­bon­ear Is­land was the only set­tle­ment on the Avalon Penin­sula to with­stand d’Iberville’s at­tack.

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