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winkler heritage museum old tyme xmas4A display at the Winkler Heritage Museum. (File Photo)

The Winkler Heritage Society recently presented to city council indicating their need for a larger home for the Winkler heritage museum. With over 3,000 artifacts the museum is running out of space at its current location in the Southland Mall.  

At the last city council meeting the Winkler Heritage Society, which oversees the museum, shared its need for a larger space.  They also indicated an interest in the old post office building located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Sixth Street, which is owned by the Friendship Centre, as a potential location.

In an agreement with the city made years ago, the Friendship Centre has ownership.  However, the ownership is based on conditions that maintenance and the integrity of the winkler friendshipcentre nov2014Winkler Friendship Centre at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Sixth Streetbuilding are kept up.

Mayor Martin Harder said the city and some residents are somewhat concerned about the deteriorating condition of the building.  He says the structure has significant heritage value, and says the city would like to have it declared a Provincial Heritage Building.

"We would like to see something happen there that would first of all retain that heritage site and ensure that it is properly maintained," said Harder.  "And the Heritage Society obviously felt that this was something that may be of interest to them, if they can make arrangements with the Friendship Centre."

Harder feels a museum at that location could be a good fit.  He says it's another downtown attraction, and believes it would be consistent with what the desires of the Heritage Society.  "What better place could you be than in a declared heritage site.  It would be a tourist attraction, I think it would be ideally located, and it's just simply a matter of the two parties agreeing how that could happen."

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