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Archives Hemmingford to commemorate community resilience during 1998 ice storm

The provincial government is investing $5,450 to commemorate the resilience demonstrated by Hemmingford residents in the aftermath of the 1998 ice storm.

Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle announced that funding will be given to Archives Hemmingford for the realization of activities to commemorate next year’s 25th anniversary of the ice storm and how Hemmingford people rallied together for over a month following the devastating weather event.

The project will include the creation of a bilingual commemorative booklet, as well as an open house and photography exhibit.

“The ice storm of January 1998 was a dramatic and important event in our history that mainly affected the people of our region. I congratulate the Archives Hemmingford organization, as well as its members, for this beautiful initiative,” said IsaBelle, on behalf of Nathalie Roy, the minister of culture and communications. “This act of commemoration will memorialize that unforgettable month in January for the present and future generations,” she continued, by way of a press release.

The funding stems from a call for projects as part of the provincial Support for Commemorative Initiatives program. It is aimed at increasing opportunities for the public to participate in commemorative activities that promote Quebec’s history and contribute to the sense of belonging in communities throughout the province. (SR)

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