Drayton Bussiere, president of the Echo Lacombe Association and Jennifer Kirchner, president of Lacombe and District Historical Society, posed for a photo after Echo Lacombe donated $7,500 to help restore the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Echo Lacombe Association donates $7,500 to Blacksmith Shop

Funds will go towards restoring Museum to ensure its longevity

The historic Lacombe Blacksmith Shop museum received a boost from the Echo Lacombe Association that will ensure the museum’s longevity in the community.

The donation of $7,500 will help keep the museum open to the public long-term, according to Jennifer Kirchner, president of Lacombe and District Historical Society.

“The funds we go today will go towards some of our restoration work — the windows and doors in particular, and along with some of our other funding with some other funding from other groups we will be adding a wheel chair ramp,” she said. “Come next year, we will be able to provide better access to those who are unable to make the step.”

Restoring historic buildings is no easy process and requires a next level of expertise.

“When it comes to window, for instance, you want to see if you can repair it first by cleaning it up an repainting it,” Kirchner said. “You may have to replace pieces of wood or pieces of glass. Worst case scenario, we would have to replace the window with a custom made one.

“Our windows and doors are in pretty good condition, but it does take a lot of time for someone who has the expertise to do it.”

The improvements will also ensure that the artifacts inside are protected.

“It will be really great and keep the building from water getting in. It will hopefully also help with the ventilation for next year,” Kirchner said.

Drayton Bussiere, president of the Echo Lacombe Association, said grants like this one are the mandate of the Echo Lacombe Association.

“What we are trying to do with these grant programs is support community groups and community projects. Obviously the Blacksmith Shop is one of those things,” he said.

todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

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