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Fonds F 666 - Estevan National Exhibition Centre fonds
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1855-1978 [copied 1978-1979] (Creation)
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The Estevan National Exhibition Centre Inc. was a non-profit corporation incorporated in Saskatchewan on February 2, 1978. The corporation operated the Estevan National Exhibition Centre, a museum and art gallery in Estevan. The main building, with two gallery exhibition spaces, was constructed in 1977 and located at 118 4th Street. Funding for the construction of the building was provided by the National Museums of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, the City of Estevan, and private individuals and corporations. The corporation was governed by a volunteer board of directors with staff managing the daily operations of the facility. The first director of the Centre was Edward Krahn, a trained museologist.
The Centre was part of a national chain of Canadian museums that aimed to bring artistic, cultural, historical and scientific displays to small communities across Canada. The Centre hosted travelling exhibitions from Canada and around the world and hosted creative workshops and classes, art appreciation lectures and receptions. The first exhibition, the First Annual Moose Mountain Regional Art Show, opened in January 1978. In 1985, a North West Mounted Police barracks from the 1890s was acquired by the Centre and placed adjacent to the main building. The barracks housed local artifacts that depicted the history of the NWMP in the Estevan area.
On February 20, 2001, the corporation changed its name to Estevan Art Gallery and Museum Inc. The organization currently (2010) continues to operate the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum at 118 4th Street. The corporation continues to be governed by a board of directors. Current staff include a director/curator and a gallery educator.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by the Estevan National Centre Inc. in the operation of a museum and art gallery in Estevan, Saskatchewan. The fonds includes photocopies of samplings from research files on early explorations and surveys of the Souris River Valley, the discovery and mining of lignite coal, coal production, etc. Also included are copies of photographs mainly of Estevan businesses and individuals and coal mining equipment.
No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.
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- Alpha-numeric designations: Other codes: Textual records: R-E796; Photographs: R-A18322 to R-A18327, R-B9280 to R-B9291, R-B10020