"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Canadian Government Invests in Heritage in Aurora and York Region at Hillary House

AURORA, Ontario, April 18, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - Visitors and residents of the York Region will have increased access to their local history at Hillary House, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament (Newmarket-Aurora), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Aurora Historical Society owns and operates Hillary House, a 150-year-old national historic site in Aurora. Funding will allow the Society to purchase specialized equipment, including display cases and lighting for two new exhibition spaces at Hillary House. Once the work is completed, the Aurora Historical Society will be able to offer visitors improved exhibition programming while protecting the collections on display.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in heritage facilities," said Minister Moore. "By supporting the Aurora Historical Society's Hillary House, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."

"The Aurora Historical Society does exceptional work in preserving and promoting our community's rich history," said Ms. Brown. "This investment from our Government will help the Aurora Historical Society continue to preserve and display local artifacts at the historic Hillary House."

"The Aurora Historical Society is grateful for the Government of Canada's support in the development of the exhibition space at Hillary House National Historic Site," said Suzanne Reiner, President of the Aurora Historical Society. "This funding will support dynamic programming and enable the rotation of the Hillary House artifact and archival collection for many years to come."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $8,750 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

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