East Coulee school Mu­seum re­ceives grant for roof

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The East Coulee School Mu­seum has re­ceived a grant that will help re­store the roof of its build­ing.

The East Coulee School Mu­seum has been mak­ing steady progress in main­tain­ing and re­fur­bish­ing the rec­og­nized his­tor­i­cal site. It was suc­cess­ful in­stalling a new boiler to heat the fa­cil­ity and the next project for the or­ga­ni­za­tion is to re­place the roof.

It was suc­cess­ful in its ap­pli­ca­tion for $36,250 to the Al­berta Her­itage Re­source Foun­da­tion (AHRF) to go to­wards the roof project.

“It’s very nice to get this fund­ing,” said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Barb Steeves.

With this fund­ing, they have raised about $50,000. They need to raise about $170,000 for the en­tire project.

Steeves ex­plains the funds can be lever­aged to get more fund­ing.

“AHRF ex­pects it to be a match­ing grant, and ex­pects us to raise enough funds to match it,” she ex­plains.

The roof is a tar and gravel roof. She ex­plains they are able to use con­ven­tional meth­ods to re­place the roof

“When you re­store a her­itage build­ing you have to stick to a lot of the her­itage ma­te­ri­als, but be­cause you can­not see the roof, this can be the new torch-on style of roof,” she said. “They also want us to add in­su­la­tions, which is why the price is higher, but largely be­cause you can’t see the roof you can use the more modern fin­ish and it will last a lot longer.”

The East Coulee School Mu­seum was the first prop­erty rec­og­nized un­der the Town of Drumheller’s his­toric re­source by­law.

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The East Coulee School Mu­seum was suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing a $36,250 grant from the Al­berta His­toric Re­source Foun­da­tion for its roof project.

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