Bentley Museum receives funding boost

The Bentley Museum acquired further funding recently. Pictured above are (left to right) Bentley Museum director Betty Kubista and museum chairperson Doris Bargholz accepting a BMO Volunteer Grants Program cheque from Marg Martin

The Bentley Museum acquired further funding recently. Pictured above are (left to right) Bentley Museum director Betty Kubista and museum chairperson Doris Bargholz accepting a BMO Volunteer Grants Program cheque from Marg Martin

By June Norvila

The Bentley Museum Society is the appreciative recipient of $800.00 from the Bank of Montreal Volunteer Grants Program.

Bentley museum chairperson Doris Bargholz accepted the cheque from Marg Martin, a former employee of the Bank of Montreal who had applied for the funding for the museum this time and in past years, on July 6.

The museum first received funding from the BMO Volunteer Grants Program back in 1988 and is eligible every two years. Martin has made sure the local museum has not been forgotten.

The museum society received about $900 in 1988, $1,150 in 2000, another $1,050 in 2004, $1,000 in 2007, and now $800 this year. Every bit goes a long ways in helping a small town museum, run totally by volunteers, and who charges no admission fee, to keep their projects expanding, and alive and ongoing.

Museum director Betty Kubista, who proudly showed off the museum’s Recognized Museum Status sign, and museum director Shannon Bowen were in attendance for the presentation.

The money will be used to help purchase large iron plaques. Sixteen plaques have been ordered. Twelve have been installed. Four more will be finished this year. More will be ordered as required.

The hand made plaques will be mounted at the appropriate sites around town and mark the museum’s ongoing ‘walking trail’ project.