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Ron brings 22 years of leadership and senior management within museums and cultural organizations to the organization, having formerly served as the CEO/Executive Director of the Galt Museum and Archives (Lethbridge, AB), as Executive Director of the NWMP Museum (Fort Macleod, AB), Supervisor of Operations with the Visitors Services branch at the Alberta Legislature (Edmonton, AB), and most recently as Executive Director at the Fernie Museum/Heritage Fernie (Fernie, BC). “We have undertaken a long and … Read More

Swimming in Policeman’s Creek

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Right in time for the hot weather, this image shows Hap Clarke and his sister Phyllis, in the words of their brother John “braving the cold water” in the “creek [out] back of [the] house.” The creek is Policeman’s Creek, and the house, of course, is the historic NWMP Barracks. The Clarke family moved into the Barracks in 1918, with a whole gaggle of children (five!) in tow. Corporal Clarke’s wife, Dora, managed family life … Read More

The Marra Umbrella

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This green canvas umbrella once belonged to Marra’s Grocery, an important community hub, and reminds us of the diversity of Canmore’s immigrant community. Started in 1919 by C.T. Sing, one of the many Chinese people who came to western Canada in the hope of a better life, the store was purchased by Cardo Marra in 1945. Cardo and his wife Jeanne were children of one of the many Italian families that moved to Canmore around … Read More

Minature Mine Lamp, 2019.002.007

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This miniature miners’ lamp, only about two inches high, belonged to beloved local legend Gerry Stephenson (Aug 04, 1931 – Oct 25, 2019). Gerry, born in Cumberland, grew up in northern England and had the accent to match. He worked in mines for most of his life and travelled the world including a stint managing a mine in India, eventually ending up as the mine manager here in Canmore, where he spent the rest of his … Read More