Massey Area Museum: Proposed New Building
Area Museum began in 1967 when the Massey Public Library
Board set up a display of historical pictures and artifacts
which were on loan by residents.
By the summer of that year the Museum was set up on
the unused second floor of the library and a Museum Board
was formed the following year.
In 1971 the library was slated for demolition and the
Museum leased a new location at 160 Sauble Street.
The building was formerly a general store and then a hotel which required
extensive modifications to make it suitable.
The Museum was incorporated as a non-profit
organization in 1976 and, with a Government Grant and
fundraising, the Museum was able to purchase the building.
The Museum board has made extensive improvements over
the years; however the space is no longer adequate.
In 2002 an anonymous area resident donated funds to
purchase the adjoining property for the Museum.
The Museum Board has been working towards improving
the Museum to its fullest potential. The existing building
is at the mercy of time.
The new Massey
Area Museum needs your help. We have worked like madmen -
you have seen us: yard sales, fish fries, craft sales and
barbeques. We have squeezed all the money we can
possibly get out of the
governments: Federal, Provincial and
Municipal. We have cut the new building plans to the bare
bones, found the most inexpensive builder and we are still
We have to go ahead now and start
building, we have no choice! Many of the grants from the
governments are provisional on our building at this time.
It's now or never.
"Never!" some might say, "Why do we
need a new museum?"
We need a new museum building because
the old building will not do any more. It does not meet
several criteria that the powers that be demand of a museum
- for instance it is not an "accessible" building nor is it
a stable environment for the artifacts. We need a museum
because we have artifacts that our citizens and our
citizens' children should see - physical pieces of our
history that must be preserved. We need a new museum because
we are the only facility that cherishes the history of this
whole area. It is a powerful educational device.
You need us, now we need you!
information, please contact the Museum 705 865 2266,
Charlie Smith - Township of
Sable-Spanish Rivers Council's
representative on The Massey and Area
the word to friends, family & business associates about
our worthy cause. Tell us about new opportunities that
may contribute to us.
- Visit the
museum and encourage other people and groups to visit.
- Donate by
cheque or cash. We will accept a series of post-dated
cheques if you would like to contribute by installments or
contact us to make contributions by bequest or in memory of
a loved one.
Volunteer. Contact the Museum to learn how.