Clockwise from top left: Former CP Depot; Parkland Building at former mental health site; Mackenzie Building; Massey Block; Heritage Brandon website; Dominion Display Building.
Let's take stock of the past few months: Expansion of Assiniboine Community College's programming at the former Brandon Mental Health Centre site continues; the conversion of the former Massey Harris Building into assisted housing is entering the home stretch; plans are afoot to convert the MacKenzie Building into housing; the launch of a Heritage Brandon website; new life for the former CP Station and seed money start renos of the Dominion Display Building.
That's not too shabby for a city that I've poo-pood on in years past about their lack of interest in their urban history.
Now it's time to add another project to the list: an urban museum !
The Brandon General Museum and Archive Inc. was created in 2007 by Brandon City Council with a mandate to "collect, conserve, study, exhibit and interpret historic and heritage materials relating to the city." Over the years the tires have been kicked on a number of possible locations but it wasn't until April 7, 2011 that a location was announced.
The museum will be located on the main floor of the former Government Telephones / Paragon Lofts Building at 19 - 9th Street. They take possession on May 1 and will have the museum open by summer. The space and timing won't permit for an archives for now.
If you want to support the project memberships are $25 and there is a fundraising dinner coming up on May 12th.
Congratulations to the board and other volunteers. This will add to a number of great museums already in the area.
I can't let this pass without hauling out an old, dead horse and administer another beating to it.
I've blogged a few times before (including here and here) about the need for a Winnipeg urban museum. With our rich history it's a shame that most of it is left to sit in boxes in a leaky building. Maybe we can learn a lesson from Brandon.
For more Brandon history stuff:
Hillman's Brandon Archive Site
Brandon History on eBrandon
Now up: Part 2 - A look at the history of the Government Telephones Building !