July 5th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 27
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Seeing a dream come true, Barracks open
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Photo: John Kinnear
Historical photo of Alberta Provincial Poiice Barracks in Coleman, Alberta.
Lisa Sygutek
Pass Herald Publisher
It’s open, after 16 years in the making; the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks in Coleman celebrated its inaugural opening on July 29..

Dignitaries, active and retired police, MP John Barlow, MLA Pat Stier and dozens of others gathered for a ribbon cutting and tours of the newly opened Barracks.

“It really feels great to see the Barracks almost complete because we have put so much time and effort into the project. It’s a great exhibit for our museum and it adds another historic attraction for our community. It brings people off the highway to see it, brings people into Coleman; it’s good for tourism and good for our community,” said Fred Bradley chairman of the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks restoration project of the Crowsnest Historical Society.
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After being saved from demolition in 2001 by the Crowsnest Historical Society, it stands as the newest exhibit in the history of the Crowsnest Pass.

With the 100th anniversary of the Alberta Provincial Police and the 150th Anniversary of Canada, the society made the last push to finish the project.

The final phase includes a new addition on the back of the building and restoring the exterior with historic windows and doors. Siding was replaced based on the original siding on the northwest part of building. The interior had to be restored and replaced to original leading to the final phase, which was $210,000.
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The Barracks tells the history of Rum Running in the Crowsnest Pass, the story of Prohibition and the infamous deadly shooting of Constable Lawson of the APP Police in 1922. Convicted of the crime were Emilio Picariello and Florence Lassandro. Both were subsequently hanged, Lassandro being the only woman hanged in Alberta.

The story has spurred several books, movies and an international opera, “Philomena”.

In total, the project has cost around $700,000, a combination of restoring the building and creating the exhibit.

“We’re about $35,000 to $40,000 short, so we’re still crowd funding,” Bradley said. If you are interest in donating to finish the project go to www.appbarracks.com/lastrun.
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