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New Granum history book saves Memories of the Past

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Granum Mayor Jerry Brown signed copies of the new history book ‘Memories of the Past’ on Friday at the Drop In Centre. Taking part in the reception were, from left, Mike Sherman, Maria Sherman, Cathie Connor, Bernadette Pratte, John Connor and Anita Walker.

A new book has ensured the people, places and events in Granum will not be lost to time.
Granum Historical Board on Friday launched its new book Memories of the Past, which is filled with recollections about the town and its people.
The Save More Store, Lem’s Cafe and Granum Radio — long since gone from the town — are recounted among the stories contributed by residents past and present.
“It’s so important to preserve our history,” Granum Historical Board chairman Mike Sherman said. “The stories of this town are incredible.”
The historical board held a reception Friday at the Drop In Centre, where Mayor Jerry Brown was on hand to sign copies of Memories of the Past.
The idea of publishing a new Granum history book has been around since 2002, but gained momentum in 2010 during the celebration of the centennial of the town’s incorporation.
“It’s been a labour of love,” Sherman said.
The town’s previous history book Leavings By Trail — Granum By Rail was published in 1974, so the historical board knew it was time for an update.
Much had happened in the town since the first book was published and there were many new people whose histories were not included in the first book.
“People were asked to update their family history, if they wanted to,” Sherman said.
People such as John Connor, who with his wife Cathie moved to Granum about 10 years ago, were not part of the first book, but their stories are included in Memories of the Past.
Historical board member Donna Barnes spearheaded the project.
Sherman and Connor, who is also a member of the historical board, praised Warwick Printing of Lethbridge for its assistance in publishing the book.
“We couldn’t have done it without them, quite frankly,” Sherman said.
The timing of publishing the book also allowed the historical board to include stories and photos from the centennial celebration.
As a non-profit group working without benefit of any government grants, the historical board decided on a coil-bound book to keep costs down.
Memories of the Past cost just over $26 a copy to publish, and the historical board is selling them for just $30 apiece.
“The project is a service to the community to promote the history of the community,” John Connor said.
The historical board printed 150 copies, of which 66 were pre-ordered. Just 33 copies now remain to be sold.
“We’re looking at a second printing if warranted,” Sherman said.
The Granum Historical Board operates a museum in town and is constantly learning more about the town’s history.
“It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who came through the town and left their footprint,” Sherman said.
To order a copy of Memories of the Past call Mike Sherman at 403-687-2265 or John Connor at 403-687-2846.

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