Sunday, April 7, 2013

B.C. Government Salutes Heritage Projects

Government funding will support a heritage project in Quesnel and surrounding area, said Pat Bell, MLA Prince George-MacKenzie, on behalf of the Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Bill Bennett.

The Quesnel and District Museum and Archives, plus the much-loved annual Billy Barker Days Festival, will benefit from $105,000 in B.C. government grants, for projects including -
  • To help fund the 40th annual celebration of the history of the Cariboo Gold Rush - Billy Barker Days, July 18 - 21, 2013 - $25,000.
  • To help preserve the archives at the Quesnel and District Museum - $5,000.
Mary Sjostrom, the mayor of Quesnel, says, "On behalf of Quesnel City Council and the Cariboo Regional District, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Minister Bennett and the Province of British Columbia for this generous donation. This contribution is significant in that the funds will assist in the safety and longevity of existing assets, historic preservation and the celebration of events and Quesnel is grateful to be recognized."

In their archives, they have a Reference Library and Research Files on families, oral history files, maps, and newspapers including The Advocate 1994-1998, Ashcroft Journal 1895-1906, The Cariboo Observer 1908-present, The Cariboo Sentinel 1865-1875, The Quesnel Advertiser / Northern Pictorial 1953-1960, The Quesnel Advisor 2002-2010, and The Quesnel Nugget 1980-1982.

To find out more about The Quesnel and District Museum and Archives, visit their website at

For more information about Billy Barker Days, drop by

To find out more about Barkerville, go to

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