Fonds 0486 - Spirit River Settlement Historical Society fonds

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Spirit River Settlement Historical Society fonds

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GPR 0486

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  • 1929, 1971, 1973-1989 (Creation)
    Spirit River Settlement Historical Society

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72 cm of textual records
2 photographs

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The formation of the Spirit River Settlement Historical Society began as a result of a field trip to the old Catholic Mission site and a search for the original town site of Spirit River in the fall of 1985. The first executive consisted of Gerard Dufour, President; Elaine Rein, Secretary; Harold Imes, Treasurer; and Pete Bondar, Vice-President. The Society adopted three aims: the restoration of important historical sites, the building of a museum which could include the concept of a pioneer village, and the creation of a history book of the area. The history book project was undertaken in 1987 by a separate committee of the society. Workers on the history book included Jean Gurnett (editor), Louise Schultz, Dixie Mitchell, Ethel White, Helen Sideroff, Alice Blackie, Isabel Thompson, Marian Imes, Gladys Durkin, Claudia Paish, Pearl Jarvis, Bark Kurz, Ann Haggerty, Doug Blackie, Sylvia Payeur, Bonnie Flintoff, Kathy Esselink, Joyce Delfs, aand Steve Jarman. The book was completed and printed by Friesen Printers in 1989. Work on the securing a site for a museum proceeded at the same time when Spirit River town council donated a piece of land. Much cleanup first had to be done, a ravine had to be filled in and a long drainage culvert installed. In the fall of 1987, the first building, the Charlie Orford Cabin, was moved onto the site and a $4000 New Horizons grant was obtained for its restoration. The loss of two of the areas most historic buildings, the Hudson Bay Post (demolished in 1986) and the Revellion Frere building (destroyed by fire) has spurred the society on to continue to preserve the area's history.

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The records were preserved by the Spirit River and District Museum and donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by the Spirit River Settlement Historical Society in 2009.

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The fonds consists of records of the Spirit River Settlement Historical Society including executive records and records of their History Book Committee which consist of planning documents, financial records, minutes and correspondence, and original and/or edited copies of submissions to the Spirit River history book Chepi Sepe. The first sections of the Book Committee records include a history of the general region and the Spirit River Settlement area, the coming of settlers and the growth of agriculture, businesses, industries, municipal governments, the history of veterans of WWI and WWII, schools, churches, medical facilities, and cultural and recreational groups. The second main body of the records contains original and/or edited copies of over 630 family histories arranged in alphabetical order by surname.

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Spirit River and District Museum by gift agreement, 2009.


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  • English

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South Peace Regional Archives

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Created May 30, 2013.

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  • English

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