July 8, 2008

The Government of Canada Supports Musee Mineralogique Et Minier De Thetford Mines

THETFORD MINES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - The Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines (MMMTM) will be able to carry out a project to promote access to scientific and ethnological heritage for all Canadians, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Secretary of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament (Megantic-Erable), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines.

Financial assistance of $17,949 will be used for a project to manage the museum's collections, which will include purchasing new software and transferring the organization's current database to the new software. Since 2006-2007, the Department of Canadian Heritage has granted a total amount of $189,970 to the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines through its Museums Assistance Program.

"I am pleased that the Government of Canada supports the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, which protects and promotes the historical and natural heritage of the Appalachian region and also reaches out to the community," said Minister Verner. "Congratulations to the museum staff and volunteers who encourage Canadians' interest in our heritage."

"As a result of our Government's support, this data-transfer project will facilitate the Museum's research and accessibility and promotion of its collections," said Secretary of State Paradis. "This institution will thus be able to increase the quality of the museum experience it offers to visitors."

"Importing our two databases (natural science and soft science) into a single database is necessary to facilitate consultation both inside and outside our collections. The Museum is pleased to partner with Canadian Heritage on this project to update our software, computer, and our collection-management policies," said Francois Cinq-Mars, Museum Director.

The Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines was founded in 1976 by a group of mineral collectors. The MMMTM is a scientific museum that focuses on the geology of the Appalachian region and the development of mining in the area surrounding Thetford Mines. It promotes access to the Earth sciences as well as to scientific and technological knowledge in the field of mining.

Financial assistance is being provided through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Museums Assistance Program. This program aims to preserve and present Canada's rich and diverse heritage and provides opportunities for Canadians to access, appreciate, and enjoy collections and stories from a wide variety of heritage organizations across the country.

Also available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

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