Heritage projects that are preserving local landmarks and the stories of Alberta’s past are getting a boost with provincial funding through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF).
From restoring Mayerthorpe’s iconic Alberta Wheat Pool grain elevator to researching the history of Fort Macleod’s historic buildings, 61 projects across the province will share in more than $790,000 in grants through the foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program.
“With pride in our past and a vision for the future, Albertans are working hard to preserve and share the rich heritage of our province. We are proud to partner with individuals, organizations, municipalities and businesses in investing in projects that create knowledge and awareness of our past, pride in our communities, and economic growth for a strong future.”
“The Imperial Bank of Canada building has been transformed into a fine dining establishment and now contributes to the character and appeal of Stephen Avenue Walk. This financial contribution from the Province will be put to good use in the ongoing maintenance that a century old building demands in order keep it attractive and functional for another one hundred or more years for the use and enjoyment of future generations.”
A sample of projects receiving AHRF funding support include:
City of Lethbridge: Sir Alexander Galt Hospital/Galt Museum and Archives (Lethbridge)
Grant amount: $78,000: Opened in 1910 by then Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Sir Alexander Galt Hospital was built as a company hospital for coal miners, other employees of the Alberta Railway and Coal Company, and residents of the young community. Now the home of the Galt Museum and Archives, the iconic brick and sandstone building continues to stand as a tribute to Galt, one of the founding fathers of the community, who achieved national and international prominence. Funding will help to address costs associated with the deterioration of the brick and stone masonry foundation from poor surface drainage.
Ground Zero Productions: History of Mill Woods Phase III (Edmonton)
Grant amount: $13,240: Funding will help to support the collection of oral history interviews, artifacts, photographs and maps, with a focus on African, Muslim, Aboriginal and South Asian communities. The project is intended to increase heritage awareness and understanding of the history of Mill Woods and to promote community pride and understanding.
All Saints Anglican Church: All Saints Anglican Church (Cherry Point)
Grant amount: $6,310: Built in 1936 with funds donated by an anonymous benefactor in England, All Saints Anglican Church is one of the oldest churches in the region and was an important gathering place for residents of the remote northern communities of Cherry Point, Bear Canyon and Clayhurst. As the only consecrated building in the area, the church continues to serve a vital role for area residents as a spiritual, cultural, community and historic resource. Funding will help to address the cost of replacing the church’s cedar shingles.
St. Mary’s University: Lacombe Home (Calgary)
Grant amount: $29,500: Built to accommodate orphans, the aged, and the poor, and opened in 1910, Lacombe Home was the last major project initiated by pioneer missionary Father Albert Lacombe. While the Lacombe Home was destroyed by fire in 1999, several significant structures associated with the home still exist, including a brick laundry, frame shed, water tower, brick carpenter’s shop, and a brick heating plant, some of which have been repurposed for use as campus facilities. Funding will support the replacement, repair and restoration work on three of the historic buildings on the site.
A complete list of grant recipients and projects is available online. The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation assists Alberta Culture and Tourism in promoting public awareness and enjoyment of Alberta’s heritage and is the Government of Alberta’s primary window for heritage preservation funding.