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Quote of the Week
“We’re a very small town, a small community, but we have a lot of heart, and you’re part of that heart now.”
- Principal Wes Wescott  
- on student exchanges   
   

 

 
The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre has been a historic resource, a visitor draw, and an important part of the community for a quarter of a century now, and on Wednesday, April 28, they celebrated their 25th anniversary with special presentations and free admission.
The Frank Slide itself is one of the most visually impressive sights found anywhere in Canada. The massive rock slide, which fell more than a hundred years ago, remains both an important part of Alberta's heritage and a highly studied part of its future. At the middle of this connection between our past and our future sits the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, one of the biggest tourist draws in southwest Alberta.
Area Manager Monica Field has been with the Interpretive Centre for its entire history, a part of the project since two years before its opening in 1985, and is the only remaining member of the original team at the facility. She has seen the facility grow over the years, especially with the complete renovation in 2008, and is proud of where the Interpretive Centre is today.
 
The Interpretive Centre completely re-did its displays in 2008, along with other renovations inside the building, resulting in a stronger focus on the Frank Slide itself, including the groundbreaking Turtle Mountain monitoring project. The monitoring project has taken on special significance given that measurements indicate a portion of the mountain will fall again at some point in the future.
Field says that when the Interpretive Centre first opened, there was no other large scale collection of the community's history. The facility took on the task of documenting aspects of local history, such as coal mining, that were not necessarily connected with the Slide.
As years went by, however, the Crowsnest Museum and the Bellevue Underground Mine opened up, documenting local history and coal mining heritage. This left the Interpretive Centre free to focus more directly on the Slide, the stories around it, and the science behind the mountain's future. This change has been well received, says Field.
... See the May 4 issue of the Pass Herald for the full story.
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