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Ridge House Museum receives conservation grant

By Mary Ellen Herder

The Ridge House Museum announced they are one of the recipients of a Preserving Canadian Treasures grant. Administered by the Canadian Museum Association, the Preserving Canadian Treasures grant is intended to assist small museums with collections conservation and preservation projects.

The Ridge House Museum will be using the grant to conserve a local collection of clothing that belonged to the Backus family and spans the period of 1860 to 1920. The collection includes well-preserved, excellent examples of middle class clothing typically worn during this period. The Preserving Canadian Treasures grant will allow the museum to clean, photograph, and research the clothing in preparation for an exhibition highlighting selected pieces in 2014.

The Ridge House Museum would like to thank the Canadian Museum Association for supporting this conservation project and the generous support of Dr. Yosef Wosk that makes the Preserving Canadian Treasures program possible.

The museum is at 53 Erie Street South in Ridgetown. It is open daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, phone 519-674-2223 or email ckridgehouse@chatham-kent.ca.