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The Fort la Reine Museum and Pioneer Village received two grants to help with the restoration of the Case House (Eaton’s Catalogue Home) on Thursday.

Community Foundation of Portage and District chair Barney Christianson presented a cheque for $4,800 to Tracey Turner, Curator/Manager of the Fort La Reine Museum and Pioneer Village.

In April 2013, the CFPD approved a grant to help cover the cost of refinishing the

hardwood floors on the first and second level and the stairs in the Case home. Shirley and Les Case were also present for the grant presentation.

The Case House also received the Benjamin Moore Restoration Grant for $4,000 plus a $750 in paint. Christianson, on behalf of the Community Foundations of Canada, Ken McCulley, owner of New Era Paints, the Cases and Shirley Hill, a Benjamin Moore representative, presented the cheque to Turner.

The Case Family donated the Eaton’s Catalogue House to the museum 13 years ago.

The two-story house which was a typical farm house was built in 1922. From the early 1900's until the late 1930's, catalogue homes were very popular in rural western Canada.

The T. Eaton Company was one of several companies that provided plan books and drew plans for houses. Once the family selected their house plan the materials were shipped by rail to the nearest community and then hauled to the site for construction. To restore the Case house has been an ongoing project of the museum.

The museum plans to open the Case house for public viewing this summer.

The Benjamin Moore Community Restoration Program, a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, is contributing $72,000 in 2013 – plus $15,850 in paint– to help communities across the country with important renovation and restoration projects.

Community foundations across Canada like the Community Foundation of Portage

and District – assist the program by using their local networks and community

knowledge to identify applicants that meet the criteria for the program, established in 1998. The program is offered in different target communities each year and administered by CFC. This year in Manitoba, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg were selected to participate.

 

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