QAHN makes heritage a priority with Local Built Heritage Restoration Initiative

By Taylor McClure – Special to The Record
QAHN makes heritage a priority with Local Built Heritage Restoration Initiative
Richmond County Museum in Melbourne is one of five heritage institutions receiving support from QAHN through the Local Built Heritage Restoration Initiative. (Photo : Courtesy)

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), a province wide non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of Quebec’s history and heritage with a focus on English-speaking communities, has received a $50,000 grant from the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers to support restoration work and upgrades of five museums in Quebec, three of which are located in the Eastern Townships.

Under the Local Built Heritage Restoration Initiative, the five museums, including the Eaton Corner Museum, the Richmond County Museum, and the Colby-Curtis Museum, will share the financial aid to help fulfill important projects.

“We have about 100 member institutions across Quebec and quite a few in the Townships. We are lucky because there are a lot of beautiful historical museums, most of whom who are members of our network,” said Matthew Farfan, executive director of QAHN. “We were really happy to be able to support a few of them. If we are lucky, and things work out, this could be a recurring thing; we are always trying.”

The new initiative will help fulfill the “wish list” of the five institutions involved. “Things that are on the wish list tend to get pushed off on the back burner and postponed and that can happen for years. If they aren’t existential things that need to be done on a building, like if the roof leaks or something, things like that tend to get done, but if there are things that can be put off they are often put off. We really wanted to find out the what the priorities of the local institutions were and that’s what these little projects are.”
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