ELGIN - The Elgin and Area Heritage Society will present Old Tyme School Heritage Days to commemorate the construction of the Red Brick School, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament (Leeds–Grenville), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
In the late 19th century, local residents sponsored the construction of the two-room Red Brick School, proudly demonstrating the community’s commitment to progress through education. The Elgin and Area Heritage Society is now planning Old Tyme School Heritage Days, a three-day commemoration of that achievement, in the Village of Elgin. Many local artists and historical heritage performers will help celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary.
“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in and celebrate important local events like Old Tyme School Heritage Days,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting the 125th anniversary of the Red Brick School, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our communities and support arts, culture, and heritage.”
“Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the construction of the Red Brick School is a terrific way for local artists and performers to share their talents with the community,” said Mr. Brown. “This event also gives local citizens a great opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage and history.”
“The Elgin and Area Heritage Society is delighted to be the recipient of a Government of Canada grant that will provide funding for celebrations honouring the 125th anniversary of the newly restored Elgin Public School,” said Diane Haskins, President of the Society. “This important building must have generated great pride in the citizens of the village of Elgin when it was completed. The grant will be used to foster that same pride in today's populace.”
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $17,940 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.