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Hodge's Store in Stanbridge East Gets Funding

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--February 1, 2012.

miss.hodge_.jpg.JPGHodge’s General Store in Stanbridge East, a jewel of the impressive Missisquoi Museum collection, will soon undergo a "facelift" but without sacrificing its heritage value and the uniqueness of its exhibits. The cost of this transformation, estimated at over $100,000, will be made possible thanks to subsidies and the financial support of the community.

Hodge’s General Store was donated to the Missisquoi Historical Society with the obligation of conserving it "as is." While respecting this condition, the museum's restoration project plans to equip the store with multi-media systems that favour interaction with the visitors. This portion of the transformation received a subsidy from the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition Féminine du Québec for the amount of $84,900. In addition, to cover structural work on the building (reinforcement, windows, electricity), an amount of $18,200 has been granted from the MRC Brome-Missisquoi's Pacte Rural Fund. The remaining budgetary needs will be completed by different fundraising activities organized during the season.

By early summer, visitors will be able to admire the numerous items displayed in the general store and dating from the 1930s and 1940s in their original presentation. A periscope will allow visitors to have a look at the stock inventory in the attic. They will meet with the merchant who owned the premises and hear stories that were told around the wood stove. They may even have the opportunity of making a few interesting purchases!

Hodge’s Store is only one of the three Missisquoi Museum buildings that are open to the public. The Cornell Mill, also in Stanbridge East ,and the 12-sided Walbridge Barn, in Mystic (St-Ignace-de-Stanbridge), also welcome visitors every day from the end of May until mid-October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Further information, visit: www.missisquoimuseum.ca.'s