ARTIFACTS need to be preserved and displayed in museums, providing a clear and direct connection to our collective past.
That’s the challenge facing the Terrace and District Museum Society. Its collection of log structures at Heritage Park is a fine showpiece of a specific portion of regional history and its grounds serve as a valuable community space.
But those same buildings just aren’t suitable as a repository for items, documents and photos. There’s also a sense of urgency as items now stored in private homes may be lost as generations change.
The museum society has approached the city seeking assistance in finding a building that can serve as a temporary holding place while it plans for a permanent structure.
A permanent home with appropriate climate and humidity controls will be expensive and raising the money will be hard.
Here’s a suggestion. The city will be approaching the province to secure some of the tax revenues that will be gained from the number of large industrial projects to be built in the region. A similar revenue sharing program is in place in the northeast and is based on helping local governments with some of the costs stemming from these large projects.
Having the city using some of that money for a museum building is an idea worth exploring. Preserving the past thanks to current and future profits. Seems like a good fit.