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Renovated museum to make its debut Canada Day

Residents will get their first look at the newly renovated White Rock Museum and Archives on Canada’s birthday.

Museum executive director Sharon Oldaker told council Monday that July 1 “is the day you will see the museum for the first time.”

Showcasing it is to be part of traditional Canada Day festivities on the waterfront.

The facility has been closed since the fall for revitalization work to restore the former Great Northern Railway Station to its original 1913 configuration.

It is expected ready for occupation June 1. Oldaker said while the museum’s first official exhibit – Aliens Among Us – won’t open until Aug. 13, the new building on its own will be plenty for visitors to behold.

“The building itself will be the exhibit.”

Approval stamp

The reopening and revitalization of White Rock Museum and Archives will be commemorated with a customized postage-cancellation stamp.

Council Monday gave unanimous support to the recommendation, brought forward by museum board members, who resolved the stamp – featuring an image of the museum – “would greatly enhance the community spirit and visibility of the City of White Rock.”

Coun. Lynne Sinclair, who is council’s museum liaison, described the stamp as “a great way to commemorate the opening of the museum.”

Once in place, it will mark any mail that clears White Rock’s post office, city manager Peggy Clark said. A similar effort was done to help celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary, she noted, estimating the cost at “less than $500.”


Tracy Holmes

About the Author: Tracy Holmes

Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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