Brandon's Daly House Museum received $10,000 through the Province's Community Museum Project Support Program, the Brandon Museum one of 30 recipients in this past week's announcement.
Museum curator, Eileen Trott, says the funds will go to hiring a Public Relations and Programming Manager for the summer and fall. "This is to coordinate with what we already do at the museum. We have a wonderful garden next to the museum that we built about a decade ago and it's a beautiful spot in the summertime to host teas and other events."
"The Public Relations and Programming coordinator will help us host these events and hopefully bring new programming to the garden and to the museum," she adds.
The Daly House Museum is located in the heart of the city on 18th street. It was built in 1882 and originally owned by Thomas Mayne Daly, Brandon’s first lawyer and City Mayor. Daly was also Manitoba’s first Federal Cabinet Minister, and Canada’s first juvenile court judge. In 1898, Daly’s law partner, George Robson Coldwell, purchased the house. The Coldwell family resided in the house until the 1930s. At that time, the house was turned into a children’s shelter known as the Maples. Forty years later, in 1978, it became the Daly House Museum.
The house contains furniture that you would see in a period home in the 1890's," shares Trott. "We also have a general store, a butcher shop, and an archives area on the third floor, which is available for research for genealogy searches and pictures of early Brandon history."
"Things have really picked up now that we're fully open again after the pandemic," she explains, "and having events is another way to let people know what we have to offer, and to come and enjoy our garden over the summer months."
The Community Museum Project Support Program supports up to 100 per cent of project costs to a maximum of $25,000 to non-profit community museums focused on conserving, preserving and interpreting their collections for the public’s benefit and enjoyment.
The 30 non-profit community museums were selected based on prioritizing projects that advance the program’s goals including:
- five initiatives that will advance reconciliation;
- one project that will advance equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion;
- six projects that will support COVID-19 recovery; and
- 18 initiatives that will improve collections management activities in community museums.
For more information about the Community Museum Project Support Program, visit https://gov.mb.ca/chc/grants/heritage_grants.html#cmps.
COMMUNITY MUSEUM PROJECT SUPPORT GRANT RECIPIENTS 2023:
- Beautiful Plains Museum ($4,500);
- Brandon General Museum and Archives ($8,000);
- Brandon Museum Inc. (Daly House) ($10,000);
- Dufferin Historical Society Inc. ($4,715);
- Fort la Reine Museum, Pioneer Village and Tourist Bureau ($7,210);
- Gimli Glider Museum ($4,000);
- JAV David Museum ($11,688);
- La Corporation du Site historique Monseigneur-Taché ($3,000);
- La Société Historique de Lourdes ($7,000);
- Manitoba Agricultural Museum ($15,000);
- Manitoba Antique Automobile Museum ($8,800);
- Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ($10,000);
- Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum ($8,000);
- Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library Inc. ($10,000);
- Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre ($5,000);
- Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum ($10,000);
- Marine Museum of Manitoba ($7,200);
- Mennonite Heritage Village ($9,000);
- Midwestern Rail Association (Winnipeg Railway Museum) ($10,000);
- Minnedosa District Museum and Heritage Village Corp. ($5,040);
- Moosehorn Heritage Museum Inc. ($10,000);
- Morris and District Centennial Museum Inc. ($7,000);
- Seven Oaks House Museum ($8,892);
- Star Mound Historical Society Inc. ($2,100);
- Musée St-Joseph Museum ($12,000);
- Société historique de St-Georges Historical Society Inc. (Winnipeg River Heritage Museum) ($8,000);
- The Service Battalion Senate Inc. ($4,500);
- Transcona Historical Museum ($10,000);
- Winnipegosis Historical Society ($14,000); and
- Woodlands Museum Inc. ($5,355).