Selected camp buildings at the McLean Mill National Historic Site are being repaired thanks to funding from the Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia. $25,000 has been awarded to the Alberni Valley Museum to conserve the built heritage at the McLean Site
The Heritage Legacy Fund is a joint initiative of The Land Conservancy and the Heritage Society of BC. Its purpose is to provide guidance and financial support for community heritage projects, encouraging high standards of heritage conservation throughout the province.
The McLean Mill camp buildings not only add ambiance to the site, but are important to telling the story of the BC forestry history. The camp buildings tell the stories of the people who lived and worked there - the families and daily life as well as the business and labour carried out. Curator Kirsten Smith notes that "the fact that visitors can enter the buildings, and in many cases experience how they were used, gives visitors an immediate sense of the past."
"We are very grateful to the Heritage Legacy Fund for enabling us to undertake this project. We have been concerned for some time about the buildings, but lack of funds was prohibiting us from undertaking any significant work." says Jean McIntosh, Museum Director.
The public is invited to view the work in progress as they visit the site this summer. The Museum is also soliciting public donations to assist with the project.
The McLean Mill is in full operation 7 days a week through September 6.
Make our Past your Present!