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Following the formulation of a new board of directors, the Crowsnest Historical Society announced last week that the Crowsnest Museum will remain open at least until the end of the summer.
The museum will remain open with current operating hours over the next several weeks until summer operations commence and summer hours will be announced once the board has reached a decision.
The motion to keep the museum open to the public was made at an organizational meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors which was held on March 18th, a week after the society’s annual general meeting on March 11th.
The new board - consisting of President Fred Bradley, Vice President Matthew Heisie, Secretary Isabel Russel, Treasurer Rudy Pagnucco and Directors Gus Kollee, Belle Kovach, Lori Prentice, Paul Schepella and Randall Whiteside - carefully reviewed the society’s financial position, ongoing fundraising efforts and anticipated future grant funding before concluding that with a lot of hard work, it would be possible to maintain current operations and keep the museum open to the public for the 2012 summer tourist season.
“There are grants in process to which a positive response is expected,” Bradley told the Pass Herald last week.
Bradley added that several summer employment grants have also been applied for by museum staff and the former board, and the current board expects that these grants will be received in the coming months, allowing for necessary funding to sustain summer operations.

He said the board will also be exploring the opportunity of having volunteers assist with operations where necessary and welcomes suggestions and ideas from all society members and the general public, as the society faces major challenges to maintaining ongoing operations and the museum’s long term financial picture remains uncertain.
“The museum will need the support of the community, not only financially but also in volunteer support, if the museum is to continue to remain open as a viable, vibrant institution,” said Bradley.
Bradley said he is optimistic that the new board will be able to determine solutions which will ensure the ongoing success of the museum.
“The new board has diverse skills and backgrounds which will be of great benefit to the society as it addresses the operational and strategic issues which the Crowsnest Museum faces in the short and long term,” he said.
The board will also continue to plan for the annual Harvest of Memories - the museum’s biggest fundraiser - this fall.
For more information, visit or call the museum at 403-563-5434.
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