Centennial events will commemorate Hillcrest Mine Disaster

On June 19, 1914, 235 men went underground at the Hillcrest Mine. Only 46 came out

On June 19, 1914, 237 men went underground at the Hillcrest Mine. Only 48 came out alive. Photo Credit: Crowsnest Museum

One hundred years ago in the small Alberta community of Hillcrest Mines, women and children gathered in the devastated yard of the coal mine after a massive explosion. They waited to hear news of their husbands, fathers, brothers… The news was not good. The worst underground mine disaster in Canadian history had taken 189 lives in an instant.

Remembering 100 years

From Wednesday, June 18 through Saturday, June 21, the community of Crowsnest Pass will commemorate the tragedy of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster and celebrate the life and spirit of the coal miner.

Hillcrest Comic Book cropped

From “Canada’s Worst Mine Disaster: The Julia Elick Story” comic book; available at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Commemorative events include:

Wednesday, June 18

  • Launch of the book, Snowing in June by Belle Kovach and Mary Bole
  • Launch of the Hillcrest Mines Exhibit at the Crowsnest Museum

Thursday, June 19

  • A Commemorative Procession and Commemorative Ceremony followed by a reception and launch of the Hillcrest Historic Walking Tour
  • Commemorative Concert at the Hillcrest Ball Complex featuring James Keelaghan, Connie Kaldor and Tim Hus

Friday, June 20

  • Launch of the new exhibit, Voices of Disaster: The Hillcrest Experience at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, interpretive presentations highlighting the 1914 Hillcrest Mine Disaster throughout the day , and the Centre hosts Documenting Disaster: Hillcrest, an exhibit on loan from the Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • A free concert and Family Picnic at the Hillcrest Ball Complex.

Saturday, June 21

  • Bellecrest Days
  • Outdoor evening concert

Details:

Hillcrest Mine Disaster centennial

 

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