After months of delay, Lincoln opens its new museum and cultural centre

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Published October 4, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Originally, Lincoln was hoping their brand new Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre would open by the end of July. But everyone knows how predictions go.

However, the brand new state-of-the-art facility opened Friday night (October 1) with a special VIP Gala that took place.

Two days later on Sunday, they held the museum’s 55th annual Pioneer Day festival, a first for the new library, which goes by the full name, Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre: Home of the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty.

The new facility, located in the village of Jordan, was designed to properly house the artifacts, and exhibits that showcase Lincoln’s uniqueness within the region of Niagara. The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre was funded by both public funds and private contributions from businesses and residents.

The gala opening was attended by Steven Guilbeault, federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, who told the crowd, “The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre is an institution deeply rooted in its community. It plays an essential role in preserving important collections and local heritage. We are proud to support its redevelopment and expansion, which will better showcase local culture for more residents and visitors alike.”

Naturally, Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton was beaming at the opening with the realization that this new museum building represents over 30 years of fundraising and advocacy by the community.

“It is with great pride that we celebrate this remarkable investment and cultural asset in the Lincoln community,” she said.

“This new facility is a place where residents and visitors can meet like-minded people and share an appreciation for arts, culture, and history.  Museums inspire creativity and provide a sense of belonging and community.”

Lincoln CAO Michael Kirkopoulos talked about the positive impact the museum will have on the immediate community “The new Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre will have on “society as a whole.”

“Museums can close the gap between community members and visitors of different generations, ethnicity, and social-economic status,” Kirkopoulos said.

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