Sod turned for new Ross Farm Museum learning centre

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NEW ROSS - After years of hard work, planning and fundraising, the New Ross community gathered Tuesday to break ground for Ross Farm Museum's new learning centre.

MP Gerald Keddy, Valerie White - chairwoman of the Ross Farm Museum Society - and   Nova Scotia's Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince July 22 at the Ross Farm Museum for the groundbreaking for the new learning centre.

"The new learning centre will make Ross Farm stronger and more able to make exciting educational, cultural and economic contributions to its community and the province as a whole," said Jim Eisenhauer, chairman of the New Ross District Museum Society capital campaign team. "This learning centre project would not have happened without the enthusiastic and generous backing of hundreds of Nova Scotians who recognized its critical importance."

The 16,000 square foot centre will be built into the hill, with a partially green roof and a geothermal energy system.  It will house public spaces including an entrance and foyer, programming rooms, washrooms, meeting rooms, an open hearth room, a commercial kitchen, a gift shop, staff/administration space, a period costume area, a historical society office and research space and controlled storage for artifacts.

Where the money comes from

Government of Nova Scotia:  $1,250,000

ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund: $1,250,000.

New Ross District Museum Society campaign: close to goal of $1,700,000.

Facts about the farm

· Ross Farm Museum is located on 60 acres of the original 800-acre grant given to Captain William Ross in 1816. Five generations of the Ross family lived and worked on Ross Farm between 1816 and 1970.

· The New Ross District Museum Society purchased the property in 1970 and opened a museum to interpret the authentic experience of a typical 19th and early 20th century working upland family farm in Nova Scotia.

Organizations: New Ross District Museum Society, Ross Farm Museum, Itwill house Innovative Communities Fund

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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