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Revelstoke Museum raising money for elevator

‘It’s not appropriate to have a building that creates a barrier for people’

The Revelstoke Museum is edging closer to its goal of installing an elevator.

On Saturday Feb.3, the museum held a silent auction. For those who were unable to attend the event, they can participate by visiting the auction website.

The Revelstoke Museum is ready for a silent auction to raise funds for an elevator. (Lauren McNeil/Revelstoke Review)

Thus far, the community has widely supported the initiative. The museum has received donations from the following organizations:

•Community Spaces Fund via Canadian Heritage ($26,738)

•City of Revelstoke ($40,000)

•Columbia Shuswap Regional District via the Canada Community Building Fund ($400,000)

•Resort Municipality Initiative ($15,000)

•Community Spaces Fund via Canada Heritage ($90,000)

•Columbia Basin Trust - Community Development Program ($90,000)

The top level of the new elevator will be located here. (Lauren McNeil/Revelstoke Review)

Museum curator Cathy English explained how important it is to make the museum more accessible. “It’s not appropriate to have a building that creates a barrier for people to participate,” said English.

English further explained that several patrons who once regularly attended the Brown Bag History series have stopped attending because of the accessibility barrier. As well, there are other patrons who struggle with the stairs such as Chris Miller, a long-time supporter of the museum who suffered from a stroke at an early age.

The ground level of the elevator will be located here. (Lauren McNeil/Revelstoke Review)

Besides making the museum more physically accessible, the museum is also working towards making the materials more accessible for the visually impaired by creating scripts that can be heard.

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