Battleford museum planning upgrades

By Angela Brown
March 23, 2017 - 9:52am

Battleford and District Museum and Heritage Board has big plans for upgrades.

The board wants to build a gazebo in the north-east area behind the Fred Light Museum in Battleford, overlooking the river valley. It also wants to build a roof to cover four historical church bells to protect them from the elements. 

"Battlefords is a town with a lot of history; it's something you want to try to keep around," board chair Floyd Andersen said.

The cost of the gazebo work is estimated at $5,500 and $2,000 to cover the bells.

The board hopes to complete work this summer. 

Two larger projects - the former St. Vital Catholic Church and the old Gardiner Presbyterian Church - will require an expert to assess what work is required.

"We'll bring an engineer in to tell us what we have to do," Andersen said, adding the St. Vital church building has a sagging floor. 

At Town of Battleford council staff said the work required on these buildings is beyond normal maintenance or repairs.

"If we have a project, the board gets together and asks for donations or does fundraising to complete the work," Andersen said. 

Andersen added the museum board is in need of more volunteers to help with its various projects by the month's ahead.  


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