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Debra McNabb has been hired as the permanent director of the Nova
Scotia Museum of Industry, in Stellarton. Ms. McNabb, acting
director since June 1996, takes on the responsibility

In announcing the appointment, Education and Culture Minister
Robbie Harrison said Ms. McNabb was the unanimous choice of the
selection committee. "Ms. McNabb's leadership will help make the
museum a must-see attraction in Nova Scotia, bringing more people
through its doors and to Pictou County," Mr. Harrison said.

Ms. McNabb said her first priority is to increase the number of
visitors to the Museum of Industry. "I look forward to working
with the community to make the museum a tourism anchor for Pictou
County. It is important for us to preserve and promote our
industrial heritage because it tells many stories of how Nova
Scotia was built."

Ms. McNabb, a native of Glace Bay, has worked in various roles
for the Museum of Industry since 1988. Serving as both the
assistant director and acting director, her responsibilities have
included managing collections and developing exhibits.

Mr. Harrison said Ms. McNabb's appointment also paves the way to
make the Museum of Industry another "jewel in the crown" of the
Nova Scotia museum system. "Each of our 25 museum sites has
something special to teach us about our history and ourselves,"
the minister said. "Ms. McNabb will now help bring Nova Scotia's
industrial history alive in a way that not just tells us about
the past, but helps us understand and appreciate our present and

People from across the province will find their industrial
history reflected in the museum collection and exhibits. Exhibits
are highly interactive, enabling visitors of all ages to enjoy
themselves as they learn about industrial processes. For example,
visitors can learn more about factory work by working on an
assembly line where teams compete, against each other or the
clock, to put together a model car.

"People who visit our museums learn a lot, but they also must be
prepared to have fun," said Mr. Harrison.

The Museum of Industry is one of 25 museum sites in the Nova
Scotia museum system operated by the Department of Education and
Culture. Located above the historic Foord Pit (Albion Mine), the
first major coal mine in Nova Scotia, it is the largest museum in
the province.


Contact: Doug Hadley  902-424-3999

trp                     Mar. 12, 1997 - 4:15 p.m.