As part of its National Heritage Day celebrations, SherbrookeVillage today, Feb. 16, unveiled a new website that showcases thetraditional trades and skills for which the community continuesto be known. The website, With These Two Hands, the Commerce of Sherbrooke,gives visitors in Canada and around the globe a taste for howthings were done some 100 years ago by bringing to lifetraditional livelihoods such as smithing, printing, weaving andpottery. It also demonstrates the vital contributions ruralcommunities have made, and continue to make, to Nova Scotia’seconomy. “Historic Sherbrooke Village preserves the past by keeping thosevery skills and trades alive,” said Craig MacDonald, director ofSherbrooke Village Restoration. “This web project enhances ourability to share the special talents of our staff with the world.We are confident that by putting what we do and how we do it onthe Internet, we can encourage more people to visit our museum.” The web project was supported with a $23,400 contribution fromIndustry Canada, funded through the Government of Canada’s YouthEmployment Strategy. The Sherbrooke Restoration Commission hiredfive young interns to put the site together, using historicalphotos and videos. This is the second website featuring Sherbrooke Village that hasbeen supported by Industry Canada. The first site, On the RisingTide: The Fortunes of the Cummingers of Sherbrooke, tells thestory of a prominent merchant family whose fortunes were made ingold mining, lumbering and shipbuilding. The new website can be accessed on the Internet athttp://collections.ic.gc.ca/handcrafttrade/ .