The Chortitz Housebarn was built in 1892 and was one of the first buildings moved to the museum grounds in the late 1960s. This summer, MHV is completing Phase 1 of a major restoration project on this building that will address the house’s foundation that is causing the floor to heave and structural issues in the barn, including replacing rotten timbers and exterior boards, replacing all the barn doors, and re-painting the exterior.

Next summer’s Phase 2 will see the Central Brick Oven repaired to so that they can use it for demonstrations again (which they haven’t been able to do in about 20 years!) and will complete the re-painting of the building’s exterior by giving the house a new, much-needed coat of paint. MHV is currently raising about $30,000 for Phase 1 of the project and they are hosting a fundraising event on September 25 – more details soon to come on their website:

Senior Curator Andrea Klassen was this morning's guest on the AM1250 Morning Show and you can hear it all again in the AM1250 Audio Vault.