Government of Yukon


FOR RELEASE     #11-091
June 30, 2011

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Yukon museums receive support for capital projects

WHITEHORSE—Ten Yukon museums, along with the Yukon Historical and Museums Association, will share $300,000 to implement various capital projects through the Special Projects Capital Assistance Program (SPCAP), announced Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor.

“Yukon community museums and First Nation cultural and heritage centres play an important role in preserving and protecting the territory’s unique natural and cultural heritage,” Taylor said. “Projects funded through the Special Capital Projects Assistance Program reflect a shared commitment and dedication to safeguard our heritage and allow our cultural legacy to continue to flourish.”

The Museum Funding Review Panel, consisting of museum professionals from around Yukon, evaluates proposals submitted to the program. The panel adjudicated 14 proposals totalling $310,200 in priority funding requests for 2011-12.

“The funding from the program allows the Teslin Historical & Museum Society to make small, steady improvements to the George Johnston Museum,” society vice president and collections advisor Michael Hodgson said. “This year we are installing double glass doors to help maintain a clean environment and a constant interior temperature that protects our artifacts.”

The society is also receiving SPCAP support to transport and install a 1942 radio transmitter on loan from the Yukon Transportation Museum. The transmitter is featured in an aeradio navigation range exhibit that shows 1940s Teslin through the eyes of the men and women working at a rural wartime radio transmitter site. The exhibit opens today at the George Johnston Museum.

“Contributions such as that of the Yukon Transportation Museum and the program funding help to make Teslin a must-see stop for many history buffs,” Hodgson added.

The Special Projects Capital Assistance Program was first announced in March 2006. It supports specialized and small capital projects such as joint marketing initiatives, artifact inventory and cataloguing, exhibit planning and development, collections management and revenue generation.

In total, approximately $1.3 million in Yukon government funding will be provided to Yukon’s museums and interpretive centres in fiscal year 2011-12.

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Contact:

Brianne Young
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7949
brianne.young@gov.yk.ca  
Alicia Debreceni
Communications, Tourism & Culture
867-667-5318
alicia.debreceni@gov.yk.ca

 

Backgrounder:

2011-12 Special Projects Capital Assistance Program Recipients:

Applicant  

Name of Project  

Amount Allocated

Binet House Interpretive Centre Museum Artifact Inventory and Cataloguing

 $20,000

Campbell Region Interpretive Centre Computer Upgrade

 3,712

Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum Artifact Protection and Tour Development

 15,419

Dawson City Museum Archival Project

 40,000

George Johnston Museum Museum Entrance and Glass Double Doors

 5,128

George Johnston Museum Transmitter Transportation and Installation

 630

Kluane Museum of Natural History Exterior Painting

 7,825

MacBride Museum Courtyard Security and Safety Upgrade

 40,000

MacBride Museum Collection Work – Cataloguing and Inventory

 20,000

MacBride Museum Storage Reorganization

 14,351

Northern Lights Space and Science Institute New HD LCD Projector

 19,995

Old Log Church Museum Permanent Exhibit Refurbishment

 35,000

Yukon Historical and Museums Association Joint Marketing for Yukon Heritage Attractions

  37,940

Yukon Transportation Museum Museum Store

 40,000

 

 TOTAL:

  $300,000

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