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2014-01-23 at 16:33

Fox museum

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The Terry Fox monument is an important part of the national hero's legacy but it's no museum nor could it be, says the city's tourism manager.

The Fox family has more than 150,000 items collected during the Marathon of Hope sitting in a vault. They're looking for a museum or educational centre to display the items, which include thousands of letters from children to Fox and a sock he wore the entire Marathon of Hope.

Coun. Ken Boshcoff thinks those items are national treasures and believes the Terry Fox monument is a perfect fit to house and display them.

But with more than 600 visitors a day during the summer, city tourism manager Paul Pepe said the monument and its visitors centre has enough on its plate already.

"There really is no need here or space to be able to house any collection of any size without interfering with our core mandate of delivering visitor services," Pepe said.

Expanding the building would be difficult as its surrounded by cliffs, and the city's tourism budget doesn't have the resources to staff, house or maintain such an historic collection.

It also wouldn't fit with the tourism department's mandate to attract visitors, increase their length of stay in the city and try to focus on project that have the most economic returns. Interpretive centres are important socially but they're a hard sell to get public dollars Pepe said.

"The trends across North America are really starting to turn away from them," he said.

That said, if there were community groups that wanted to take up the charge, Pepe said his department would help promote it like other Thunder Bay attractions.



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dockboy says:
I can see the headlines now, "Boshcoff fires back at Pepe."
1/23/2014 4:54:15 PM
TBDR says:
thanks for the lol of the day
1/24/2014 1:06:19 PM
patti says:
OK, yes the center can't house 150,00 plus items.
The debate of who, what, where, may take years to figure out, **BUT** in the meantime, why not (securely) display one or two dozen items ??

1/23/2014 5:29:42 PM
unheard says:
do it up
get that federal and provincial money they want to use on the event centre
am sure you can make a better argument then they have
education over figure skating anytime
1/23/2014 5:37:03 PM
newhere says:
Why not make it a "wing" of the new Art Gallery? Seems like a win/win in so much that it would act as a draw to tourists passing through bringing them to our increasingly lively entertainment district.
1/23/2014 8:04:58 PM
rootbear says:
How would a Terry Fox museum not attract visitors? I'm not saying do it or it's feasible, but it sounds like a neat idea. Maybe we could convince the Fox's to part with some of the items? Hard to believe we couldn't house a collection of any size.
1/23/2014 8:40:52 PM
Tbay99 says:
I like this Pepe fellow, for once someone that shows some fiscal restraint!
1/23/2014 11:21:43 PM
Dreamer1 says:
I think this would be a great idea for Thunder Bay. His last run was here, and such an inspiring Canadian. Sad it wont be here for his legacy.
1/24/2014 12:25:46 AM
Rob20 says:
Don't be so short sighted. Terry Fox is a national hero in Canada and globally. Why not inquire at the provincial and federal levels if they invest in a museum for national hero?
1/24/2014 6:35:23 AM
Johnny75 says:
Terry Fox is simply the best, the countless lives that he continues to save should NEVER be forgotten
1/24/2014 9:45:00 AM
NewAgeOutlaw says:
I like the idea of putting part of his collection in a separate wing of the new art gallery. This sort of stuff should never be forgotten as a part of Canadian history
1/24/2014 10:56:21 AM
Joey88 says:
If we have a chance to pay even more tribute and respect to one of the finest Canadians ever, why wouldn't we??
1/24/2014 12:34:44 PM
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