The Rocca Sisters Team is a proud supporter of the Burlington Museum Foundation, and we are very excited that the Joseph Brant Museum moved to its new location on the grassy area under the former location of the Museum last week, reflecting the architectural integrity of the current Brant House. “The expansion has been identified as a need in Burlington for over 40 years, so it has been a long time coming,” says Tanya Rocca.
The 17,000 square foot expansion includes four exhibit halls, two multi-purpose rooms, lobby, shop, resource centre and storage for over 25,000 artifacts and historical treasures, as well as serving as a space for weddings and other community events. The current 5,000 square foot Joseph Brant Museum will undergo a renovation that will provide space for gallery displays, interactive programming and community outreach. The ‘Brant House’ will be a beacon recognizing Burlington’s rich Aboriginal heritage. “The expansion is going to be unbelievable for our community and will contribute tremendous cultural value to this great city,” adds Cathy Rocca.
The current Joseph Brant Museum is a 1937 replica of the house of Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, a Mohawk warrior, leader of the Six Nations, a Christian missionary, a British military officer, Freemason, and Burlington’s first citizen.
The brand new and modern Community Museum and Heritage Centre was designed by Chamberlain Architects Ltd. The Joseph Brant Museum and the new Community Museum and Heritage Centre will expand heritage programming opportunities in Burlington’s downtown waterfront precinct, making it an exciting and ever-changing waterfront destination for residents, citizens and tourists alike.
“We want to create as much awareness as possible in our community, and there are many ways you can get involved too, so please contact us,” urges Tanya. “Together we can bring Burlington’s history to the forefront and make our waterfront even more special than it already is. Please reach out to us to see how you can help.”
For more information and to find out how you can help, please contact us by phone or email, and make sure you check out this video, which outlines our involvement in this exciting project!