By Marianne Curtis
On June 24, the community of St. Malo celebrated the grand-reopening of the St. Malo Museum with a special ribbon cutting and open house.
The St. Malo Museum, which is located at the gateway of the St. Malo Provincial Park along Beach Road was originally a housing facility attached to the Dufrost Rail Station. The grand opening officially celebrated recently completed renovations, several displays, and tourism information.
Visitors toured the museum which includes local displays and artifacts, an inventory of the secrets along the Crow Wing Trail, and 2011-2012 Travel Manitoba Visitor Information. Guests were also treated to a light supper and refreshments. The museum will be open in July and August and is a rural Travel Manitoba Information Centre.
The museum is directly on the heritage pathway of the Crow Wing Trail – home to Manitoba’s longest section of the Trans Canada Trail and is a prime location for family picnics and sightseeing. In addition, beside the museum is the St. Malo Grotto site – home to a century old shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Staffing for the St. Malo Museum form summer 2011 was made possible by “Manitoba Works” a unique partnership between Employment Manitoba and four non – profit community organizations in St. Malo. The Crow Wing Trail Association, the Friends of St. Malo Provincial Park, the St. Malo Museum Committee, and the Economic Development Office, RM of De Salaberry are sharing an employee to assist with a variety of community based projects and activities such as membership drives, fundraising, hosting special events and supervising the St. Malo Museum.
Future plans for the museum include more renovations, establishing a business and strategic plan, fundraising, and an interactive exhibit.
RM of De Saleberry Reeve Ron Musick cuts the ribbon to officially open the St. Malo Museum to the public.