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Cupids Legacy Centre Receives Additional $1.8M from Province

June 1, 2009

Executive Council
Tourism, Culture and Recreation

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams makes the provincial funding announcement in Cupids

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams makes the provincial funding announcement in Cupids

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced that the Provincial Government will provide an additional $1.8 million to help fund the construction of the Cupids400 Legacy Centre, bringing the province’s total commitment to the Cupids celebration and related infrastructure to over $3.8 million.

"Next year, in 2010, we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Cupids, the first English colony established in what is today Canada," said Premier Williams. "While it is important that we mark the occasion with a major celebration, it is equally important that we use this opportunity to build a legacy for the people of Cupids, the surrounding areas, and the entire province. Our government is a proud supporter of our rich heritage and we look forward to the celebrations next year."

The Premier was joined by the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, the Honourable Tom Hedderson, MHA for Harbour Main, and Roy Dawe, Chairman of Cupids400 Inc.

"Investment in the preservation and promotion of our history is also an investment in our future and we are pleased to support this important initiative," said Minister Jackman. "The Cupids400 celebrations will focus worldwide attention on our province, and the Legacy Centre will serve as an anchor attraction to draw visitors to the area."

Minister Hedderson noted the construction of the centre, which is expected to begin in July, will bring new economic opportunities to the region.

"A facility of this nature and quality will add to the cultural and tourism attractions that are present throughout the region and promote further economic development and employment opportunities," said Minister Hedderson.

The centre will house more than 110,000 artifacts uncovered since the discovery of the original John Guy Plantation site in 1995. It will also include a history/genealogical resource centre, a multi-purpose hall, and an archaeology lab where visitors will learn about the processes of archaeology.

"We are delighted to have this final portion of funding confirmed," said Mr. Dawe. "The province has been behind the Cupids anniversary project from the beginning and today's announcement means that our new Legacy Centre will be a world-class facility and an important attraction in the Northern Avalon region."

The events around the 400th anniversary celebrations in Cupids – which will culminate in a week of activities August 17-22, 2010 – are projected to inject $15 million into the provincial economy and provide long-term tourism-related benefits to the town and region.

Media contacts:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061

Roger Scaplen
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 727-0991

Anita Hynes
Executive Assistant to the Hon. Tom Hedderson
District of Harbour Main

Mike Buist
Event Manager
Cupids400 Inc.

Photography by Dennis Minty for the Cupids 400 Photo Bank.