Today marked the official grand opening of the $4 million Heritage Discovery Centre at the Ermatinger● Clergue National Historic Site, a new facility dedicated to showcasing Sault Ste. Marie’s history and the role of the city’s early founders in the War of 1812.
“The province is pleased to support the construction of the new Heritage Discovery Centre which celebrates our city’s rich past and many of the defining moments in the history of our country,” said David Orazietti, MPP. “This investment will enhance existing educational programing offered at the Ermatinger● Clergue National Historic Site and new, added attractions will help to boost local tourism.”
The new Heritage Discovery Centre features an exhibition gallery, a War of 1812 gallery, a multimedia theatre, expanded gift shop, and administrative spaces. The province supported the construction of the new building, as well as renovations to the Ermatinger House (Old Stone House) with $1 million in funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC).
The new Heritage Discover Centre will provide students, local residents and visitors to the city with additional opportunities to learn about Sault Ste. Marie’s history through innovative, interactive demonstrations and programming.
The Centre’s opening coincides with the 200th anniversary of completion of construction of the Old Stone House and in the concluding year of the city’s three-year, Bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.
Since 2003, NOHFC has invested $87 million in 728 projects in Sault Ste. Marie, creating or sustaining more than 2,687 jobs.