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Decision will cost tourism dollars

As we all know by now, the Fort La Reine Museum released from their employ, Tracey Turner, who in her seven years at the helm of that museum turned it completely around and went from maybe 3,000 visitors per season to over 15,000 last year….

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Museum board rebuke stings

Editor On May 17, a public meeting was held by concerned citizens about the state and future of the Fort la Reine Museum. A meeting to which the board of directors for the museum as well as councillors from the Rural Municipality and the City…

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Of museums, senior care and transparency

Earlier this month the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Honourable Janice Filmon, opened the doors to Government House and launched a new series of casual get togethers she calls “Conversations and Celebrations”. I was privileged to attend the inaugural session on May 8 centered on…

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More than a museum

Dear Editor, With Tracey Turner at the helm, the museum was more than a museum. It wasn’t only buildings with history inside. It included ever changing topical exhibits, informative tours, Meet U with popular sessions, such as stargazing, creative events such as the Ghost Walk…

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Museum member questions decisions

“Dear Fellow Museum Members, You are invited to attend a public meeting about the Fort la Reine Museum, organized by the museum’s members and supporters. This will take place on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm, in the Crocus Room of Herman Prior Activity Centre…

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Do I Still Care

Forty years is an investment. Longer than some shorter than others. In dollar value the investment is less than major corporate and development holdings but still forty years has been pretty heavily invested in this adopted home of Portage la Prairie. The business owned and…

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Museum doesn’t need “new way”

With just days to opening for the 2018 season, the governing board of the Fort la Reine Museum has announced it will be taking the museum in a new direction by not renewing the contract of longtime executive director Tracey Turner. As a supporter of…

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Letting go of museum curator/ED questioned

Fort la Reine Museum – an iconic Manitoba arts and culture institution, provincial star attraction, and #1 Portage la Prairie tourist destination on TripAdvisor – as we know it, is gone. At the end of April, Tracey Turner was unfairly let go from her 7-year…

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Still taking baby steps

When I quietly launched The Portage Citizen on Feb. 14, I had a loose plan on how its future would play out, all modestly based on progress by baby steps. There is no doubt in my mind and of many others, there is room for…