Government House Unveils New Accessible Stories Project
Today, Saskatchewan Legislative Speaker of the House Mark Docherty, on behalf of Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Lori Carr, along with Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty unveiled the new Accessible Stories Project at Government House in Regina.
“Safety and accessibility for our visitors is of the utmost importance,” Docherty said. “Through this project, Government House had the opportunity to highlight the lesser known history of this remarkable National Historic Site and Provincial Heritage Property.”
Government House is constantly improving engagement with visitors and ensuring it is a safe and accessible place to visit.
The Accessible Stories Project was made possible by Government House Foundation funding and is breaking down accessibility barriers in the Amédée Forget Museum with the upgrade of this exhibit.
“Government House celebrates Saskatchewan’s living heritage and it is important that everyone can access this beautiful property and learn about the prominent place this building held in the city over the last 128 years,” Mirasty said.
A new safety railing has been installed on the second floor of the museum to allow everyone to have a birds’ eye view of the grand foyer. This exhibit also presents the story of Government House’s heritage from when it served as a convalescent home after the Second World War and then an adult education center known as Saskatchewan House.
For a brief time, the building served as offices for the Saskatchewan Arts Boards and it hosted the very first production of The Trial of Louis Riel in the ballroom, which continues to be an annual tradition in Regina.
Government House is open six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm, and is free to the public to check out the new project and discover more about Saskatchewan’s History.
Government House and the Edwardian Gardens:
Government House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site and is bursting with over 125 years’ worth of stories and history. The House provides visitors an accessible historic place to preserve, promote and celebrate Saskatchewan’s living heritage.
Government House is open 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. For information visit www.governmenthouse.gov.sk.ca.