The East Coulee School Museum has recieved a major designation from the Province of Alberta.
The historic building and major tourist attraction has been named a Provincial Historical Resource.
"It means that we can apply for much bigger grants than we could as a Municipal Historic Resource, double the money, actually. It means once a year we can apply for grants of up to $100,000," said Barb Steeves, Executive Director of the East Coulee School Museum. "It also means that it's a very prestigious historic designation because it means the Province feels that this place is very valuable to the history of the Province and that it's worth restoring and that they're ready to spend money on it."
Steeves says the designation is now official and says the letter came from Alberta Culture and Tourism.
"It says to people, 'hey, this is a place worth coming to see, it's worth restoring, it's an important part of our history and all that kind of stuff," smiled Steeves.
The roof of the Museum currently needs the most attention with repair estimates being as high at $170,000. To date the Museum has raised $56,000 with $36,250 coming from an Alberta Heritage Resources Foundation.