The Bishop's Falls Heritage Centre's story isn't over quite yet
'I refused to let it fall,' says Dan Oldford
The Bishop's Falls Heritage Society is starting a new chapter in its history after a recent overhaul.
The group helps look after the local heritage centre, located in the former railway station and featuring local history, such as exhibits on logging and the town's 1983 flood.
Earlier this summer, most of the society's executive quit. The current chair, Dan Oldford, says the volunteers were overworked and just couldn't do it any more.
"They've been struggling over the last couple of years," said Oldford.
"Volunteerism in Newfoundland right now is at challenging a time, trying to get people that have extra time on their hands."
Oldford was with the original group that started the museum, and didn't want to see it closed down.
"I refused to let it fall … We put out feelers through town and put out requests to individual people, as well as notices in town and went looking for a new executive," says Oldford.
I hope that it's a realization that it was either step up to the plate or watch something fall apart completely.- Dan Oldford
The call for help seems to have worked; he society now has 14 members, which Oldford said is two more than they had before.
Oldford said he's hopeful this situation will show his community there is a need for more volunteers to step in.
"I hope that it's a realization that it was either step up to the plate or watch something fall apart completely, that we didn't want to happen," says Oldford.
The society already has some new projects in the works, Oldford said, including some new exhibits and fundraising to repair the museum's train set and the building itself.