Investments in the Lunenburg Academy and several heritage properties will ensure the cultural institutions in Lunenburg County are preserved. The Lunenburg Academy Foundation, which protects and preserves the heritage of the Lunenburg Academy, a former school and landmark in the town, is receiving $10,000 to engage in strategic planning. The funds are part of the One Time Emerging Culture and Heritage Initiatives Program and will go toward the hiring of a management firm. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA for Lunenburg, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince, announced the funding today, March 24, at the Lunenburg Academy. “The Lunenburg Academy fits the textbook definition of a heritage property,” Ms. Lohnes-Croft said. “It is beautiful, historic and worth protecting. This money will help the Lunenburg Academy Foundation plan appropriately for the building’s future.” Built from 1893-95, the academy is a brilliant example of late nineteenth century architecture and provides a window into the history of Nova Scotia’s education system. “The Lunenburg Academy Foundation has worked tirelessly since its incorporation in 1981 to upgrade and preserve the academy,” said Roxanne Lohnes Smith, president of the Lunenburg Academy Foundation. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Lunenburg in this venture and are extremely grateful to the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.” In addition, several other heritage properties in the county will receive facelifts thanks to support from the Heritage Development Fund. “The Lunenburg area is awash in history, and these properties are no exception,” said Ms. Lohnes-Croft. “This program is critical to ensuring that our historic infrastructure remains as up-to-date as possible.” The Heritage Property Program was created to help identify and preserve heritage properties across Nova Scotia. Funding is provided to private owners of registered provincial or municipal heritage properties.