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In almost every community in Nova Scotia can be found an old
schoolhouse, temperance hall or church that is no longer in use,
or perhaps even is well used.

There may a former home of a noted person. There are even unused
railway stations, or the trains and railcars that once used them.
Some larger ones are purpose built. They all share a common
theme; they are museums that collect, preserve and share the
collective memories of Nova Scotia's past.

Most rely on a regular core of volunteers who help administer
them and keep them going.

"These are very special people," said Education and Culture
Minister John MacEachern. "They love Nova Scotia and its history
and we appreciate every minute of time they give to us."

Museums across the province expect to log more than 200,000
volunteer hours during the year.

"Small or large, our museums make a considerable contribution to
the province's economy," said Candace Stevenson, executive
director of the Nova Scotia Museum, "and our volunteers are part
of that...we have thousands of visitors and we must provide a
good experience for them."

She said museums are very labor intensive and volunteers help
research, catalogue artifacts, host events and perform many other

The visitor count at Nova Scotia's museums is quite considerable.
For example, 15 community museums which are open year round host
more than 200,000 visitors a year. Naturally, there is a marked
rise in the summer months. The Miners Museum in Glace Bay, for
example, hosted more than 16,000 visitors during June, July and
August last year.

There are small seasonal museums, open for a few months in the
summer, that together host another 150,000 visitors, in addition
to the more than 500,000 people who visit the Nova Scotia
Museum's 25 sites each year.

"In these times of restraint we rely even more on our
volunteers," said Ms. Stevenson, "They not only provide essential
services but they also provide that friendly personal experience
for our visitors that is an important part of a visit to Nova


Contact: Joan Waldron  902-424-7398 

trp                     Apr. 15, 1996 - 2:05 p.m.