April 9, 2020 (Barkerville, BC) – Due to changing dynamics as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic, Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site have rescheduled their opening dates for the 2020 operating season.
The Board of Directors of the Barkerville Heritage Trust – Barkerville and Cottonwood’s managing partner with the Government of BC – voted unanimously this week to move the planned opening dates of both Cariboo-based heritage sites and their respective campgrounds and service amenities from May 14 to June 18, with a reassessment of this new date and any further decision on opening to be made no later than June 4.
Until then Barkerville and Cottonwood House will remain closed for visitation but will provide imaginative and historically interpretive educational programming to school groups and the general public in the meantime – from cyberspace.
“The Trust’s guiding principles are to follow health authority orders, provide safe employment for staff, safe customer experiences for guests, and innovative delivery of our services,” said Ed Coleman, Chief Executive Officer for Barkerville and Cottonwood House.
“By repositioning the opening of our 2020 season, we can ensure these principles are adhered to as we continue to preserve, protect, and showcase the cultural assets of Barkerville and Cottonwood throughout this unprecedented global situation,” he added.
Starting May 15, Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site plan to broadcast live, interactive heritage experiences for school children and adult learners via a mixture of web-based platforms as a means of connecting online visitors with the significant heritage resources of both locations while staff maintain safe social distances (details about the proposed online experiences will be announced in the coming weeks).
For more information about the revised opening dates of Barkerville and Cottonwood, or to access information about the Barkerville Heritage Trust and its mandate, please email Ed Coleman at email@example.com, or phone 1-888-994-3332, ext. 23.
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Ed Coleman | Chief Executive Officer
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