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Thursday, July 31, 2014
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YORKTON BENEFITS FROM BOOST IN MUSEUMS FUNDING

Visitors to the Yorkton branch of the Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon be able to enjoy exciting new exhibits.

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, at all four WDM branches located in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Yorkton and Moose Jaw.

"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.

Each of the four Western Development Museum branches features a different theme to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of Saskatchewan's people, communities and businesses. The Yorkton exhibit focuses on the history of immigrants who settled in Saskatchewan, as well as their leisure activities.

"The Yorkton branch of the Western Development Museum tells the story of our immigrant populations and their unique ways of life," Deputy Premier and Yorkton MLA Clay Serby said. "The increased resources will bring this story to life and attract young people and families from the Yorkton area."

"The Western Development Museum is 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 Yorkton branch of the Western Development Museum, including hours and access, visit online at www.wdm.ca/yk.html.

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For more information, contact:

Janet Peters
Culture, Youth and Recreation
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2850
Email: jpeters@cyr.gov.sk.ca

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

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