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Grand Opening of Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Building and Exhibit
Crowsnest Historical Society/
Crowsnest Museum
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Alberta Provincial Police (APP) Barracks building in Coleman, Alberta. (Photo taken prior to completion of renovations)
Pass Herald Contributor
2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Alberta Provincial Police (APP) and Canada’s 150th Birthday. The Crowsnest Historical Society/Crowsnest Museum will be hosting a special event on Thursday, June 29th to officially open the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Building and Exhibit to commemorate these events.

The APP was Alberta’s police force from 1917 to 1932 and was mainly responsible for enforcing Prohibition in the early days of its mandate. The restored, historic Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Building, located in Coleman National Historic Site, served the APP during that period.

The Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Building will feature a major exhibit telling the story of Canada’s most infamous Rum Running murder; the shooting of Constable Lawson; the trial, sentencing and hanging of Emilio Picariello and Florence Lasssandro; and the story of the Alberta Provincial Police and the Prohibition Era.
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The building is owned by the Crowsnest Historical Society and the site will be operated by the Crowsnest Museum.

The Grand Opening of the Alberta Provincial Police (APP) Barracks Building will feature a Colour Party representing all Alberta police services. Also, the Parade will include an All-Alberta Police Service Honour Guard; a RCMP Veterans Honour Guard; and other dignitaries. The Parade will commence from Flumerfelt Park at 1:55 PM and proceed to the Grand Opening Ceremonial Site in front of the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Building (7809-18th Ave., Coleman, Crowsnest Pass).

The Grand Opening Ceremony will commence at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 29th in front of the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks (7809 – 18th Avenue) with greetings from various dignitaries. As seating will be limited the public is encouraged to arrive early and to bring a lawn chair.
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Following the Grand Opening there will be a reception in a large tent on the Crowsnest Museum grounds (7701 – 18th Avenue). Tours of the restored building and exhibit will commence at 3:30 PM, immediately following the conclusion of the official opening ceremony and will continue into the early evening. Refreshments and entertainment will be available throughout the afternoon and early evening,

There will be a free public concert on the Crowsnest Museum grounds commencing at 7:00 PM featuring Juno nominated musician, John Wort Hannam.

There will be other events throughout the Canada Day Weekend on the Crowsnest Museum grounds. Further information on these events may be found at www.crowsnestmuseum.ca and www.appbarracks.com.
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