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Friday, July 25, 2014
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PROVINCE INCREASES FUNDING OF WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM BY $2.8 MILLION

Visitors to the Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon be able to enjoy exciting new exhibits at its four branches in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced an $800,000 increase in the WDM's annual operating budget, along with a one-time $2 million grant to initiate Phase Three of the interactive exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble.

"The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting our key cultural infrastructure," Culture, Youth and Recreation Minister Sandra Morin said. "With the budget increase and the one-time grant, we're ensuring that our shared history is preserved for future generations. It's one more way we are improving the quality of life throughout Saskatchewan."

Winning the Prairie Gamble is a series of interactive exhibits showcasing a century of social, economic and cultural change in Saskatchewan.

The new exhibits at each of the four Western Development Museum branches feature different themes to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of Saskatchewan's people, communities and businesses from 1905 to present day. The Moose Jaw exhibit focuses on the history of healthcare, transportation and weather. Natural resources, agricultural innovation and First Nations education are the themes at North Battleford. The Yorkton exhibit presents the history of immigrants who settled in Saskatchewan, as well as their leisure activities. Saskatoon's new exhibit tells the story of agriculture in the province through the eyes of a fictional farm family.

"The Western Development Museum Board and staff are extremely excited by this announcement," WDM board chair Rena Weikle said. "The increase in the base operating budget will see the Western Development Museum into the future, while the $2 million grant will give us the funds we need to complete our most ambitious and groundbreaking project yet."

To find out more about the Western Development Museum, including hours and access, visit online at www.wdm.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Janet Peters
Culture, Youth and Recreation
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4967
Email: jpeters@cyr.gov.sk.ca

David Klatt
Western Development Museum
Saskatoon
Phone: 306-934-1400
Email: dfklatt@sasktel.net

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