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Board sheds light on museum saga

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

After remaining relatively tight-lipped following the postponement of the Fort la Reine Museum opening and the departure of its executive director and curator, the museum's board of directors has shed some light on the matter.

The museum's board of directors released a statement this afternoon discussing staffing changes, dates of operation and the new direction of the facility.

"There have been questions raised by the public and media with respect to the board’s decision to not renew the contract of the former executive director (and) curator of the museum," stated the board, per a release. "We can advise that the decision to take this step was not considered lightly. Several factors were considered in that difficult decision, the details of which the board is not at liberty to share due to in part the personal and confidential nature of such a decision."

The board announced that the facility will open June 1 and operate Wednesday through Sunday between June and August. Barry Loewen and Alison Loewen will jointly oversee the the director position on an interim basis until a permanent executive director and curator is hired.

"Barry and Alison have a direct understanding of the programs and operations in place at the museum and the board is certain the museum is in good hands with them at the helm," stated the release. 

The museum's website and social media will be back up and running in the coming days and will provide information regarding upcoming exhibitions and dates of events for the 2018 season. 

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