Picking up the tab

Picking up the tab

The majority of the money for the Rossland Museum Gateway Project planning project will be picked up by Teck Trail Operations.

The majority of the tab for the Rossland Museum Gateway Project planning project will be picked up by Teck Trail Operations.

The Greater Rossland mineral giant will be kicking in $47,962 of the $48,500 allotted to a consultant chosen to head up the project to take the museum into the future.

Teck has also provided the funding for the initial planning work and facilitation, with the project being administered by the municipality.

“The Rossland Museum is important to our community identity, and it’s a valuable link to the area’s tourism mix,” said Mayor Greg Granstrom. “We are very happy to have the support of Teck to see this planning project move forward.”

The City of Rossland is funding the remainder of the project.

Don Luxton and Associates of Vancouver was selected through a request for proposals process.

Building on surveys and community engagement work over the past year, Don Luxton’s team will be in Rossland several times to gather more data and to meet the community.

Site visits to Rossland this month and in October will give the consulting team opportunity to study the museum’s buildings, grounds, and collections.

The project

Since 1967, the Rossland Museum has been gathering the artifacts and telling the stories of Rossland to school children, tourists and residents. It also showcases how mining in Rossland lead to the construction of the first smelting and refining facilities at the Teck Trail Operations site more than 115 years ago.

From the time of its inception, the Museum, and its historic Le Roi Mine site, has become an anchor of the region’s heritage experiences.

For more than a year now, the Rossland Museum Gateway Project (RMGP) has been working through the planning steps that will help integrate the Museum’s exhibits and programs with the community in exciting new ways.

All of the community engagement work to date has resulted in the hiring of a museum and heritage specialist, Don Luxton and Associates. Over the next two months, the team will identify the planning stages and cost estimates that can assist the Rossland Museum in telling even more of the community’s stories and celebrating its unique identity for residents and visitors alike.