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Pleased To Meet You: The Canada 150 Beavers Have Arrived

Canada 150

2017 is Canada's 150th birthday and Canadians across the nation will be celebrating for an entire year. The Kamloops Museum and Archives (KMA) is ready to celebrate and will be bringing Canadiana flair to events in Kamloops throughout the year.

In the meantime, these locally crafted KMA beavers are very pleased to meet you and will be making appearances at Canada 150 events throughout 2017.

Canada 150

Keep an eye on our Canada 150 page as we reveal the year's celebrations.

Canada 150

Canada 150

Cenotaph Restoration

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

Two years ago the KMA embarked on a journey to restore the Kamloops Cenotaph, an important monument in our community, located at Memorial Hill Park. How it all started is a member of our staff walked past the Cenotaph on her way to work each day and felt inspired to initiate a restoration project that would improve to our local Cenotaph.

Improvements require financial assistance and so the KMA, and a number of local organizations who have pledged financial support, outlined the scope of the project from improvements of the four clocks and repairing broken glass, to enhancing the surrounding grounds, and putting forth an application for the Cenotaph Monument Restoration Grant Program to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The federal government is contributing a $25,000 grant as the result of our successful application. In the early spring of 2015 an anonymous donor contributed $50,000 to the project truly demonstrating civic care for our community.

The City of Kamloops will also accept your donations should you desire to support this project as well. Your generous support will contribute to the restoration of our local monument that will have a profound and lasting impact on our community for generations to come. If you would like to donate please contact the museum at museum@kamloops.ca

Updates:

June 2016
We are very excited about the continuation of the Kamloops Cenotaph Restoration Project this summer. We are restoring and cleaning the monument from years of pollution and moss build-up, cleaning and sealing the inside of the monument with a protective coat and replacing the clock’s mechanics.

We are also repairing the retaining wall, landscaping and leveling to improve accessibility to the monument. This includes adding stone pavers around the monument, repairing concrete, and adding fencing, benches, and a garbage bin as well as flower beds and shrubs.

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

February 2016
This winter the movement of the clock (the mechanism that moves the time piece) will be examined and repaired if possible. To give you an idea of what the movement looks like we recently had Kathleen Fisher Photography give us a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the clock featured in the photographs below.

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

KMA Projects: Cenotaph Restoration

November 2015
The City of Kamloops is fortunate that someone from our local community who appears to have the knowledge and skills to help with the clock repairs is excited to be part of this project and would like to move forward. Recently, he was able to set the four clocks on the Cenotaph to the 11th hour, wiring them to stay in place until we are able to clean and fix the clocks mechanics to function properly. Once the clock repairs are complete the surrounding grounds will follow.

What’s next? We are examining the needs of the repairs and how extensive the damage is to the clock's mechanics that has occurred naturally over time. The assessment will address rusted components, cleaning fine rock dust, exploring the possibility of replacing or prefabricating moving parts, and new glass work for the faces of the clocks.

Our aim is to complete this project in a timely manner, but like all historic restoration work we must proceed diligently and with prudence to observe safe and standard practices when restoring old and historically valuable monuments such as our Kamloops Cenotaph. Your patience and support of this project is greatly appreciated and we will continue to update you as it moves forward.

Stay turned for updates as the restoration project continues on its journey.

Thank you from the Kamloops Museum & Archives Team!

Contact
Kamloops Museum & Archives
207 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2E7
ph 250-828-3576
fx 250-828-3760
email museum@kamloops.ca

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.