Museum selling Digby Academy bricks

Eric Bourque
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Gail Hersey, president of the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society and curator Sheryl Stanton hold souvenir bricks from Digby Academy, they are selling to finance renovations to their newly acquired corner lot beside the museum.

You can purchase a souvenir piece of the demolished Digby Academy and help support outdoor renovations at the Admiral Digby Museum.

For $20, the museum is selling bricks from the Red School that used to stand on Queen Street until this fall.

Those who buy a brick will be recognized on a plaque on a donor wall of honour in the museum.

“It can be in memory of someone or it can be for a living person,” said Gail Hersey, president of the Admiral Digby Library and Historical Society.

They are using the fundraiser to finance renovations to their newly acquired property on the corner of Montague Row and Mount Street.

The museum is looking to raise $17,000 to create a garden space featuring a replica of the old town clock tower that will function as an information kiosk with interpretive panels representing historic events and buildings in the Town of Digby. The museum has the original clockworks, clock face and windowsill, which will be incorporated into the design.

The original clock tower was part of the Digby post office and was dismantled in 1963.

The total cost of the project is expected to be $32,000 and the museum is applying for grants to cover the balance.

The society hopes to complete the green space project by 2015, which will mark the Town of Digby’s 125th birthday.

To purchase a brick, contact Sheryl Stanton, curator/administrator of the Admiral Digby Museum.

The museum closes for the season Dec. 6 and will reopen in March, although the curator will be at the museum one day each week.

Organizations: Digby Academy, Admiral Digby Museum, Red School Admiral Digby Library Historical Society

Geographic location: Digby, Queen Street, Mount Street

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