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After a May fire that saw much of the building and most of the relics damaged, the Ste Anne Museum is being forced to relocate.
The museum is currently located on Villa Youville property, and the Villa has decided it does not wish to rebuild the museum on its land. As a result, a new location must be found for the museum before construction of a new building can begin. Museum President Paul Lavack says the process thus far has been lengthy and at times discouraging.
"My time frame is yesterday. To me, it's been an extremely long wait to have another establishment."
The Town of Ste Anne is currently looking into finding a new location for the museum, and while a space near the Seine River Diversion is being listed as a possibility, Lavack explains he has his eyes set on a different target.
"Myself, I'm looking at the building behind where we currently are. It belongs to the town, but the Métis population is making the payments on it. That's where I'd like to move the museum."
In addition to finding a new location for the museum, the damaged relics must also be looked after. The insurance company has placed a maximum amount of money on the restoration cost, and Lavack notes they don't know how much they will be able to recover yet as they are still waiting for the estimates to come back.
"The items that will be restored are hard to pinpoint right now because of the cost. Maybe 25% of the articles will be restored. I'd say 25%."
In the meantime, the Mason St Laurent, which is located next to the museum's current location, will hold a small display that will serve as an initial restart point for the museum for no more than a few years. Lavack adds he is still unsure what caused the fire as it is still labeled as 'accidental.'
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