Sherbrooke history museum ­celebrates renewal

By Gordon Lambie
Sherbrooke history museum ­celebrates renewal
Sherbrooke City Councillor Paul Gingues with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food and MP for Compton-Stanstead; Jean Therriault, Chair of the history museum’s board of directors; Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage; David Lacoste, the museum’s Executive Director; Élizabeth Brière, MP for Sherbrooke, and Steve Lussier, Mayor of Sherbrooke. (Photo : Gordon Lambie)

Representatives of the Municipal, Federal, and Provincial governments were at Sherbrooke’s History Museum on Thursday morning to mark the completion of $2,055,000 in heritage restoration work that has been underway on the Dufferin Street building since 2016. Over the course of the last four years work has been carried out on the building repairing the foundations and drainage, envelope, cornices and dormers to ensure its preservation.  “This building perfectly reflects the history of our fine city,” said Sherbrooke Mayor Steve Lussier, underlining the importance of preserving and protecting buildings in the city’s heritage district. Lussier noted that the building dates back to 1885 and was the first federal building built in Sherbrooke, ­serving at the time as home to the postal and customs offices. “These buildings bear witness to the work and, above all, the determination of those who came before us, and we must not forget them.” Half of the cost of the work was covered by Heritage Canada, and Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, was on site for the event in recognition of that fact. See full story in the Friday, Jan. 10 edition of The Record.

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