The Inglis Area Heritage Committee is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Its mandate is to sustain, maintain and enhance the National Historic Site (as of 1996) of the only row of five restored wooden grain elevators in the world.
Every year hundreds of visitors come to the site, open for public tours from June through the September long weekend, with reduced hours until the first weekend in October. Special off-hour tours can be arranged.
The site will be featured as part of artist Heather Cline’s commissioned presentation “The Quiet Places Project,” set to open in Ottawa in 2017.
The committee has an enormous undertaking ahead of it over the next five years, beginning in 2016; all of the elevators are to be repainted. Because they are all made of wood and a National Historic Site, much attention must be given to this or they could eventually be lost.
About 80 per cent of the monies have been accumulated to repaint the showcase elevator — the big white N.M. Paterson elevator — this summer, along with its annex and attached main office and gift shop. Hopefully this painting can proceed in 2016, but there are four more to go. The committee is launching a campaign to appeal to every Prairie farm family member, past and present, to help by donating $10 or a family could donate the value of 10 bushels of grain to preserve and maintain the wooden giants.
This is a registered charity so tax receipts are available. All donors would have a place of permanent recognition on site.
For information or to send a donation contact Judy Bauereiss, chair, Inglis Heritage Committee, 204-564-2412, Box 81, Inglis Man. R0J 0X0.
Judy Bauereiss writes from Inglis, Manitoba