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Heritage committee tours town archives

Fort Macleod Heritage and History Committee chairman Gordon MacIvor displays a map of Union Cemetery to Neil Balkham and Margaret Gosling.

Susan Koots, Martin Ebel, Neil Balkham and Margaret Gosling view an illustration by Fort Macleod artist Neil Boyle that hangs in the Town of Fort Macleod office. Fort Macleod Heritage and History Committee chairman Gordon MacIvor is sharing the story of the illustration.

The new Fort Macleod Heritage and History Committee continues to gather information as it moves ahead.
Committee members in recent weeks have taken part in tours of The Fort – Museum of the North West Mounted Police and the Town of Fort Macleod office.
The committee has also taken receipt of some stories related to the history of Fort Macleod and district.
“People are fascinated with history here and live it and breathe it,” committee chairman Gordon MacIvor said. “They’ve got all these stories I want them to share.”
The committee will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at The Fort – Museum of the North West Mounted Police.
Beyond putting MacIvor in charge of organizing the meetings, the committee has not yet taken on any formal structure.
“We’re trying to be informal at this stage,” MacIvor said. “At this stage, let’s see what the interest is in the community.”
Everyone with a passion for some part of Fort Macleod’s history is invited to attend the meeting on Tuesday.
Following the tour of the town office last week, committee members discussed gathering historic photos in a comprehensive archive as a possible project.
The Town of Fort Macleod office has a collection of important photos of which some are displayed on walls and others are stored out of sight throughout the building.
The Fort – Museum of the North West Mounted Police also has an extensive archive of photographs.
The committee discussed moving ahead with scanning the photos to create an electronic image to be stored in a database and possibly be displayed on-line.
Other photos could be reframed and put on public exhibition.
MacIvor said residents also have in their own collections photographs that are important to Fort Macleod’s history that could become part of the overall archive.
“If anyone wishes to share their photographs, they could bring them to the next meeting,” MacIvor said.
For information call Gordon MacIvor at 403-553-0200 or gordonmacivor@gmail.com.

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