In late-October, the East Coulee School Museum learned they would be getting a bit of help courtesy of the World's Largest Dinosaur. The museum had applied for, and received a $3,000 grant from the World's Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund. The money will go straight towards Phase Two of the museum's roofing project.
Barb Steeves is the Executive Director at the museum. She explained that the organization completed Phase One -- repairing the roof on the south end -- in July, and dove straight in to fundraising for Phase Two.
"Now we're looking to build on the north end of the building to do the overhaul there where we now have some lovely new leaks."
In order to fund the new roof, Steeves is looking into government funding and matching donations.
"We actually already have some grant funding from the province, so we're trying to match that. We've got about $50,000 to go to match that. We're at about $5,700 at the moment."
As for the project's timeline, Steeves says the sooner, the better.
"We hope to get it done either next spring or summer because we don't want to see the roof deteriorate anymore than it has. Of course, the more it deteriorates, the more it compromises the building structure, the collections inside, things like that. We don't want things like mold happening inside the building because then you've got more damage and more reconstruction."
The museum is currently closed and will remain shuttered for tourists until May. Fundraising events, including the museum's Highland Gala will take place throughout the winter.
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