Laura Fortier (left) archivist and collections manager at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History and Cindy Fairs

Iron press donated to museum

Kalein determined that, rather than selling it off it would be better served as a donation to the museum.

Kalein Hospice Centre, located in a former monastery in Rosemont, recently found an old ironing press — previously used by the Sisters of the Precious Blood — while cleaning and organizing one of the storage areas in the building.

After consultation with Touchstones Nelson and others, Kalein determined that, rather than selling it off along with the other remaining pieces of old furniture, it would be better served as a donation to the museum.

According to Cindy Fairs, Kalein’s executive director, “this ironing press tells a story and should be shared and enjoyed by the people of this community and tourists for generations yet to come.”

Leah Best, Executive Director of Touchstones Nelson Museum was pleased to hear about the find and what it represents.

“This is a legacy and is a part of our heritage and culture here in Nelson — many people of this community have had a personal connection to the facility and what it used to represent, and I know that it will make a very nice addition to the collection.”

Touchstones Nelson will be holding its 4th Annual Fall Family Fair on Sunday, October 27 from noon to 4 p.m. and half the proceeds of the event will be donated to Kalein Hospice Centre.

Kalein is dedicated to creating an integrated campus for dialogue and education, and care at end of life.

For further information please call 250-352-3331.