A Large Drum on Display in our Gallery 2005.087.001 In 19th and early 20th centuries, there was a huge amount of resource extraction happening in Canada. These operations needed men to do this difficult work. Mining especially was common in southern Alberta, which meant that it was sometimes difficult for towns like Canmore to find workers. As a consequence, companies often offered incentives in the hopes of attracting men to their towns. Some of those incentives included building recreation centres for the men and their families, like the YMCA in Canmore, or other amenities such as skating rinks. The mine also put on programs for miners and their families that fostered community spirit. For example, the early owners of the Canmore Mines, the H.W. MacNeill Company, sponsored a mine band. Activities such as this were part of the attractant of community life that lured men and their families to come.
Canmore Community Band ca. 1926.