Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation Celebrates 30 Years

The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation is celebrating 30 years of promoting and supporting the conservation of heritage sites across the province.

The S-H-F was established in 1991.

Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Laura Ross says in a news release the organization plays an important role in how our rich and diverse history is preserved for future generations.

The Foundation has helped in the conservation of the province’s heritage through grant programs, publications, stewardship of heritage resources, and providing advice to government on heritage matters such as the naming of geographic features in the province.

Recent projects funded by the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation include:

  • The Yorkton Brick Flour Mill: Saskatchewan’s last remaining brick flour mill and Yorkton’s oldest industrial building.
  • The Waskesiu Service Station: It is currently named as the Lakewood Gas Bar and is one of the three full-service stations in the townsite, originally built by Texaco in the 1930s.
  • Humboldt Water Tower: Built in 1915, this is one of four lighthouse-style water towers remaining in the province.

To date more than $10 million in funding has been distributed by the Foundation. With most of its funds currently going to support the conservation of heritage buildings, 19 projects were funded in 2020-21, providing up to $49,000 for each grant.

This year, the province has provided a one-time boost in funding of $50,000 to the Foundation to help offset higher costs for building and construction materials during the pandemic.

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