Facility planning accessibility upgrades in future
By Chris Marchand
The Dryden and District Museum has received $5,000 in federal funding to assist in the upgrade of its HVAC system (heating, ventilation, air conditioning).
Kenora MP Greg Rickford made an appearance at the Museum location, March 22, to make the announcement.
“This museum is an important asset to the community and it was in serious need of a ventilation and heating system,” said Rickford. “This reflects in its very essence the practical approach our government’s taken to support municipal assets across the riding.”
Museum Curator Leah Gardner says the new system will help control humidity levels in the heritage building, also known as Hambleton House, where it has created mould problems in the past.
“It’s such a nice environment now because of the fresh air that we have continually coming into the building all year round — it makes a huge difference,” said Gardner.
Gardner has some more building upgrades in mind and she works on a grant to put a handicap accessible veranda on the front of the building.
Gardner, who hopes to meet with local contractors soon to sketch out a draft, says the project will require significant funding.
The Museum recently received a significant bequest from a local supporter Sverre Berle, who upon his death left his Dyment farm property to the Dryden District Museum. The property recently sold for approximately $75,000. Gardner says a portion of Berle’s bequest will fund the veranda project.
“We’re very honoured that he thought of us,” said Gardner. “He was a museum supporter for years and years and accessibility was an issue for him like it is for many people. We wanted to do that project in his memory.”