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What’s old is new at Hardy museum

PORT HARDY – Improvements are coming to the Port Hardy and District Museum and a new temporary exhibit.

Curator Jane Hutton says a good year financially is making it possible to improve some permanent displays at the museum.

First a small tool shed structure will be added to the existing settler’s cabin front to display tools.

“We have lots of old tools and someone just gave us some trapper’s equipment,” said Hutton.

“We are also working on a little theatre,” said Hutton. The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni is replacing their old seats.

“I have my name on a little set of four,” said Hutton. “We show videos here all the time, particularly in the summer time, so I want to get a flat screen TV and put in the seats and pretty it up a bit.”

The plans are possible because of revenue from the gift shop.

“I am very grateful to the community for their support of the gift shop,” said Hutton. The gift shop features local jewelry, giftware and books.

Also in the works is a temporary display of fossils from the area. A local expert is assisting Hutton in identifying the fossils already at the museum and gathering and identifying those on loan from the community.

The display is scheduled to open in April.

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