Sidney Museum launches official fundraising effort

Official launch of Sidney Museum’s expansion plans and fundraising effort held Sunday, Sept. 23

Sidney Museum society president Graham Debling announces the society’s expansion and fundraising plans.

Sidney Museum society president Graham Debling announces the society’s expansion and fundraising plans.

The official launch of the Sidney Museum’s expansion plans and fundraising effort was held Sunday, Sept. 23 during the town’s 60th anniversary celebration in Beacon Park.

Museum president Graham Debling says the facility has an important role in the community.

“The museum and valuing our heritage is important,” he told the crowd on hand, and drew from historical quotes. “Any community that forgets its past has an uncertain future.”

Phase one is to expand the museum space into what is currently the Military Book Store. A deal to take over the space will come into effect Jan. 1, 2013 and create a new entrance. The initial step will also see new technology and lighting put in place. Phase two, said Debling, will see the museum acquire more artifacts, expand its displays and be ready for the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Sidney as a town (in 2017).

The fundraising effort is off to a great start, he continued, noting the response already has the museum 20 per cent into its goal of raising $400,000.