March 11th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 10
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Cake and solvency at museum’s
annual general meeting
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Crowsnest Historical Society president Fred Bradley, executives Belle Kovach, Laurie Prentice, Pat Rypien, Dawn Rigby and Rudy Pagnucco welcome Kirk Muspratt (centre) as the newest member of the society. Muspratt is the conductor of Chicago’s Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He is in town to adjudicate the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Financial statements distributed at the Crowsnest Historical Society’s annual general meeting show that total revenues totaled $322,697 in 2014, up $67,363 from last year.
This is good news for the museum’s two fulltime staff and for citizens who recognize the need to preserve the unique cultural history of the Crowsnest Pass.
The museum was forced to close its doors for several months in 2012 after the loss of key grants shrank the museum’s bank account to a critical minimum.
But last year was a strong one capped off by the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Centennial and the museum welcomed over 4000 visitors.
“Our audience was one of the best I’ve ever been a part of numbers wise… I think it helps us stay that much more healthy to not have to be in survival mode all the time,” said Crowsnest Museum manager Chris Mathews.
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Mathews said a number of initiatives are planned for 2015 including a big marketing push to attract members to the historical society.
The Crowsnest Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and Fred Bradley, president of the Crowsnest Historical Society, gave a short presentation on its history.
Bradley told of how volunteers worked for hours restoring and preserving countless artifacts for the museum’s 1985 grand opening.
According to a release, the Crowsnest Historical Society was founded in 1973 by a group of history loving citizens. It acquired old Coleman High School in 1981, which was turned into the Crowsnest Museum with the help of a dedicated core of volunteers.
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