Congratulations to our most recent Launch Pad coaching grant recipients!
Merrickville and District Historical Society (Merrickville, Ontario)
Located on the grounds of the Merrickville Lockstation in the heart of the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, the Merrickville Blockhouse, built in 1832, is the largest of four blockhouses built along the Rideau Canada. Designated a National Historic Site in 1939, it represents one of the best examples of a structure associated with the defence of Canada against possible American invasion from the early 19th century. Today, the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum interprets the history of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blockhouse and the local area.
Established in 1966, the Merrickville and District Historical Society is a volunteer-run local community organization that creates, fosters and maintains interest in the history and heritage of Merrickville-Wolford and the surrounding area. It was a key partner in the preservation of the Merrickville Blockhouse in the 1960s and since that time has operated the Blockhouse Museum inside this historic structure.
Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society (Devon, Alberta)
Governed by the Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society, The Canadian Energy Museum: Home of Leduc #1 (CEM) shares the unique history and heritage of energy in Alberta and Canada. Through engaging and dynamic programming, exhibits, and events, the museum endeavors to share stories of science and technology, innovation, and people involved in the energy sector. The National Trust will work with Leduc/Devon Oilfield Historical Society on strategies to build a fundraising program for the future sustainability of the CEM.
The museum, near Devon, AB, shares its location with the historic Leduc #1 wellhead and, as of 2020, the original 1947 steel conventional drilling rig. The massive Leduc #1 oil strike changed the face of oil production and sales in Alberta and Canada, producing 317 000 barrels of crude oil and 323 million cubic feet of natural gas between 1947 and 1974. As the Canadian energy landscape continues to change, the CEM aims to further exhibit the great variety of energy resources and sciences used throughout the country, including solar, water, wind, and bio energy!
Tashme Historical Society (Hope, British Columbia)
The Tashme Museum in Hope, British Columbia is a former Japanese Canadian internment camp with a devoted and passionate community of volunteers and supporters.
Tashme was Canada’s largest of 10 Internment camps and 7 official self-supporting sites Japanese Canadians were forcibly relocated to during WWII. The camp was established on a privately owned dairy farm 14 miles east of Hope, located in an isolated narrow valley and surrounded by high mountains. It was a primitive yet thriving community with amenities of a small village and home to 2644 persons at its peak from September 1942 until it was closed and dismantled in October 1946. In August 2016, to honour and share the story of Tashme, the Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum was established in the original Tashme butcher shop. With 2000 square feet of exhibit area, artifacts and displays, it also showcases a historic replica “shack” which brings you back to the time of Tashme for an authentic look into daily life.