Heritage Award recipients give Albertans a prize

From a northern community founded during the earliest days of the fur trade to a southern city that was critical to the province’s industrial development, Albertans are the benefactors of efforts to preserve and promote local history. Those efforts were honoured Oct. 16 in Red Deer during the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards.

Lacombe Blacksmith Shop, oldest operational blacksmith in Alberta

Lacombe Blacksmith Shop, oldest operational blacksmith in Alberta

Held for the first time in conjunction with the 2014 Municipal Heritage Forum, the awards ceremony was the highlight of two days of all things heritage. A total of 12 awards were presented to individuals and organizations in four categories: Outstanding Achievement, Heritage Conservation, Heritage Awareness, and Municipal Heritage Preservation.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Three long-time heritage advocates were honoured for their dedication to heritage conservation with the Outstanding Achievement Award. For more than two decades, Oliver Glanfield of Fort Chipewyan has been promoting the rich heritage of Alberta’s oldest European community. Fairview’s Marshall Rolling has contributed his knowledge in documenting the history of the region, along with a treasure trove of artifacts in support of two museums in the community. That same love of history and commitment to preserving the past for future generations has been the guiding forces behind Glenys Smith’s service to Camrose and area.

Heritage Awareness Awards

Awards were also presented to Emerson Sanford and Janice Sanford Beck for their eight-volume series “Life of the Trail”, the Edmonton Historical Board for development of Edmonton’s Architectural Heritage website, and the Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society for their work in presenting the annual Peoples of the North Saskatchewan Festival. Jonathan Koch of Olds was also recognized for his ongoing efforts to create awareness of southeastern Alberta history with the Forgottenalberta.com project. Honourable Mention goes to McLennan’s St. Jean Baptiste Historical Society for Retrouvailles 100th Anniversary Homecoming, a community celebration of local history.

Municipal Heritage Preservation and AHRF Heritage Conservation Awards

The City of Medicine Hat was also recognized for its heritage conservation efforts with the Municipal Heritage Preservation Award. Honourable Mention goes to the Town of Peace River for the community’s heritage preservation efforts. Wheatland County was recognized for the restoration of the Gleichen Water Tower with the foundation’s Heritage Conservation Award. The same award went to Calgary’s Community Wise Resource Centre for the organization’s efforts to maintain the historic character of the landmark YWCA Building.

Hats off to all the recipients of the 2014 Heritage Awards! May they inspire the thousands of Albertans who are at this moment hard at work sharing the early chapters of the ongoing story of Alberta.

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