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The Atlantic agricultural community gathered at the Nova Scotia
Agricultural College in Truro yesterday for the official
re-opening of historic Cumming Hall, the original building of the
Nova Scotia Agricultural College.  

Renovations were recently completed which provided Cumming Hall
with modern efficiencies while maintaining the character of the
traditional architecture of the 1900s.

"We are very pleased with the quality of the renovations which
have transferred the interior of the building, highlighting its
historic features while making it more accessible," said Dr.
Garth Coffin, principal, Nova Scotia Agricultural College.

Cumming Hall, was established in 1905 and named in honour of
first college principal Melville Cumming.

Transportation and Public Works Minister Don Downe, whose
department oversaw the project said, "What we now have is a
highly accessible, versatile building that will meet the modern
requirements of the college while preserving a piece of our
province's history."

Dr. Les Haley, deputy minister of Agriculture and Marketing was
principal of the college when the decision was made to renovate
Cumming Hall. He said, "The wonderful historical features of the
building were discovered and preserved in the restoration-the tin
ceilings upstairs were uncovered when the work began. I am very
proud of the work that has been done on this building to make it
fully functional and modern, to capture the best of the past and
create the present."

Cumming Hall houses the college's administrative offices, 
financial services, the International Centre, research and
graduate studies, boardrooms and Alumni Theatre.
The C.A. Douglas Room, home to the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of
Fame, is also located in Cumming Hall. It was rededicated during
official opening ceremonies by Agriculture and Marketing Minister
Guy Brown. 

"I am very pleased to rededicate the C.A. Douglas Room, home of
the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame, and to acknowledge the
strong support of the Atlantic provinces."

He said each province made a contribution to go toward
furnishings and a display system for photographs. Mr. Brown also
presented a plaque during the ceremony recognizing the support
from the Atlantic provinces.

C. A. Douglas was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979 after a
35 year career with the Department of Agriculture and Marketing,
serving as Deputy Minister from 1973-75. His leadership and
dedication to new technology and positive thinking are all
recognized in the Hall of Fame.

"The new location of the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame will
continue to honour all former and future inductees," said Hall of
Fame chair Bob Murray. "And we are very pleased to be working in
concert with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College to continue to
honour those who have made significant contributions to the
agricultural industry."


Contact: Stephanie Brown 902-893-7247

jlw                           Mar. 26, 1997     1:15 p.m.