A city’s cultural heritage goes beyond brick and mortar, past events and experiences of its citizens.
That’s why the City of Nanaimo wants to add more of a human connection to its Heritage Conservation Program.
On Tuesday (Sept. 15) the Culture and Heritage department is hosting an open house from 4-8 p.m. at the Nanaimo Museum. Residents are invited to drop in and ask questions and provide input about the program in an effort to add their voices to the discussion.
The Heritage Conservation Program was last updated five years ago through public consultation.
Chris Sholberg, the city’s culture and heritage planner, says the city wants to find out what residents value in respect to heritage, adding that the city also wants to “personalize heritage” and wants to know what pieces of history resonate most with residents.
According to Sholberg, local organizations including the Nanaimo Museum, Nanaimo Community Archives, the Nanaimo Historical Society, neighborhood associations and stakeholders have been instrumental in shaping the program.
Debbie Trueman, general manager of the Nanaimo Museum, says the museum values the public’s opinion.
“It’s great to have a direct opportunity for the public to tell us what they want,” said Trueman.
For more information about the open house, please visit www.nanaimo.ca.