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Home of former prime minister Diefenbaker needs repairs

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The Prince Albert Historical Society in Saskatchewan is looking for money to help renovate the home of Canada’s 13th prime minister.

John George Diefenbaker lived in the two-storey, wood-framed house from 1947 to 1975.

Diefenbaker was prime minister from 1957 to 1963 and served as Prince Albert’s member of Parliament from 1953 until his death in 1979.

Deb Honch, president of the historical society, says the group will be going to the provincial and federal governments asking for help with renovation costs.

The house is owned by the city and needs work both outside and inside the structure.

Honch is estimating the cost at anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000.

The house has been operating as a museum during the summer since 1983 and sees around 1,600 visitors every year.

Honch says additional dollars would help update displays inside the house.

“The displays are a little dated ... we would like to update the presentation, put in maybe some video monitors and story-telling techniques that are a little more interactive than what we have now,” Honch said.

 
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