In a string of awards, Tashme Museum receives $25,000

The funds will go towards upgrading the museum.

Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) Area B director Dennis Adamson stands with FVRD chair Jason Lum (centre) and Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum curator Ryan Ellan. Ellan received a $25,000 cheque from Area A and B heritage fund on July 19. (Howard Shimokura photo)

Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) Area B director Dennis Adamson stands with FVRD chair Jason Lum (centre) and Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum curator Ryan Ellan. Ellan received a $25,000 cheque from Area A and B heritage fund on July 19. (Howard Shimokura photo)

Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum received $25,000 on July 19 to expand the museum to build a replica shack where Japanese internees lived in.

Museum curator Ryan Ellan received the cheque from Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) chair Jason Lum along with Area B director Dennis Adamson. Adamson said the money comes out of an Area A and B heritage fund.

“The two directors identified [heritage] projects, signage, things like that and they decide which projects to do and the board approves it,” said Adamson. “The museum meets the criteria and we thought that [it] would be a great project.”

Adamson said the museum received a lot of publicity because it won a Heritage BC Award in the heritage education and awareness category, which Ellan received on Feb. 15 and also because it received the provincial-level designation as a stop of interest. Signs leading to the museum will be installed in the future. Ellan also nominated the museum for entry into the British Columbia Register of Historic Places. It was one of the 56 chosen, out of 247 nominations.

He added that this fall, schools across British Columbia will start teaching about the Japanese internment during the Second World War.

“We anticipate that because it’s the closest internment camp to the coast, that that’s where all the school kids will go,” said Adamson. “School buses will come up, they will go through the museum and look into a replica of how the Japanese were interned in [the 1940s].”

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