BY LINDSAY BRISCOE
The Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre board is pleased to welcome its new Museum Director Trevor Osmond who officially took the reigns last week.
Osmond originally started at the Heritage Centre as a cataloguing assistant intern. He continued for a second year as cataloguing assistant and educational programming coordinator.
“The educational programs were delivered to the schools and he ran a successful summer education series,” said Heritage Centre board and hiring committee member Deanna Sullivan.
“Funding for small museums is dependent on the facility meeting prescribed standards set by the Ministry of Culture. Trevor was instrumental in establishing a monitoring and reporting system to meet the provincial requirements. Trevor received great mentorship from our past Director/Curator Lise Treau de Coeli and we are excited to have him at the helm.”
Together, Osmond and Treau de Coeli, as well as former communications and fundraising coordinator Shannon Bateman, increased the number of people coming through the Heritage Centre doors by 81.5 per cent from January to August 2014 and the same period in 2015.
Osmond attributes much of that increase to hosting activities and events geared toward both children and their parents.
“One of the things that’s making this place work is when kids want to come and explore and have a great time. Once kids come in, their parents come in too. It’s the duality. I think that really was the key.”
Next on the Heritage Centre agenda is Halloween Fright Night. Treats, activities, and even a “haunted” section of the museum will be open to all ages, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then, starting on Nov. 25, the Red Lake Arts Council will launch an art exhibit featuring the works of local artists, which will be open to view until the new year.
And Osmond’s got a lot more up his sleeve.
“Having had two years here, I was able to get my hands dirty, so to speak, with a lot of different projects, but there were a lot that I had in mind that I could never really do. I’ll be able to get some of those projects online now.”
The Heritage Centre board hiring committee is currently reviewing applications for the curator position, which they expect to fill by the end of November.
For more information on upcoming events at the Heritage Centre: www.redlakemuseum.com or facebook.com/redlakeheritagecentre.