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Modernizing a Historical Jewel in the Eastern Townships

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--May 17, 2016.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $94,000 in financial support to The Brome County Historical Society for the renovation of the Old County Courthouse.

This funding, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will help the organization revamp the Old County Courthouse in the village of Knowlton and purchase computer equipment to digitize its archives.

Quick Facts

The Brome County Historical Society is a non-profit organization of historical interest located in the village of Knowlton in Lac-Brome in the Eastern Townships. Its aim is to acquire, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret the history of the pioneers in the Brome-Missisquoi region.

The Society is the owner of several historical buildings, including the Old County Courthouse, which it acquired in 1993 and converted into an archive centre. Together, these heritage buildings form the Brome County Museum.

The planned renovations will include revamping the Old County Courthouse to improve the conditions for archiving and better serve its clientele. Acquisition of new computer equipment will make it easier to digitize and share the Museum's archives.

"The Government of Canada is proud to help preserve Lac-Brome's history and architecture. Through this renovation, the Old County Courthouse in Knowlton will be able to offer its visitors a modernized environment that is well-anchored in the digital age."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"On behalf of the Brome County Historical Society, I want to thank Canadian Heritage for their significant financial support for the restoration of the Old County Courthouse. This project is the first phase of a multi-year plan to preserve and protect the Society's buildings. The federal government's support will assist us greatly in our ongoing capital campaign."

- Donald Gray Donald, President, Brome County Historical Society