Close, but no cigar for the historic Hanna Roundhouse in the National Trust of Canada's 'This Place Matters' contest.
The winning project receives $60,000 each to help retore on maintain historic sites. However, they get to keep the money donated to them from the public as part of the contest.
"We were able to raise $26,451," noted Sandra Beaudoin, who heads up the Hanna Roundhouse Society. "With the eight per cent deducted off for VISA we should get $24,000 and change,$335 or so."
The Society entered the 1913 Canadian National Railways Roundhouse in This Place Matters with the hope of earning enough money to fix the leaky roof.
"It may help us with some patching and such: that all depends on when we get a closer look at it," Beaudoin confided. "We may also be avble to use this money as leverage for applying for another grant."
Although they would have liked to receive a bigger cheque, Beaudoin believes the publicity surrounding the national contest is a plus that they will try to expand upon.
"We were able to go to Big Valley when Alberta Steam Tours was doing their Canada 150 week celebration with their steam train," she recalled. "(We've been) in Oyen at their farmers market and in Hanna a couple of times, as well as touring people through the building and such."
The national This Place Matters winner was a church in Truro, Nova Scotia, while the western Canada winner was a theatre in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.