September 28, 2016 - 6:30 PM
OLIVER - A new roof is in the works for the Oliver Museum thanks to funding from the Heritage Legacy Fund.
The Oliver and District Heritage Society announced today, Sept. 28, in a media release the organization will receive $10,000 from the Heritage Legacy Fund to aid in a complete overhaul of the museum’s roof.
Grant funding will provide a portion of the total cost for a new roof with the rest coming from a bequest from the late Carolyn Cope, a long time Oliver resident, according to the release. The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the Town of Oliver will also provide operational and in-kind support.
The building dates back to the early 1920s when it was known as the Oliver lockup, used as a police station and residence for officers and their families.
Heritage Society executive director Manda Maggs says in the release it is likely the building will be closed while the roof is being removed, expected to take place during the first to third weeks of October. Maggs says the old cedar shake roof is clearly in need of restoration.
This year’s grants were overseen by a four member jury supported by Heritage B.C. staff.
The Oliver Heritage Society received a $79,000 grant from Archives Canada last week to help organize a backlog of artifacts.
Children sledding down School Avenue in Oliver, including the B.C. Provincial Police Station (now the Oliver Museum) on the righthand side.
Image Credit: Oliver Archives Collection, circa 1923-24.
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