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Heritage House offers insight into history

The Okotoks Heritage House, built in 1904, was moved to its current location west of The Station in July 2000 when the highway through town was widened. It is now home to the Town of Okotoks Museum and Archives.

The museum will host a variety of exhibits through the year highlighting the history of the town of Okotoks and the surrounding area, including A Sustainable Society from May 1 to June 30; Field of Dreams: Our farming history from May 1 to Oct. 10. The Museum is also recognizing the National Year of Sport from July to August and November and December; and the traveling exhibit Canada at Play from Nov. 1 to Dec. 20. The exhibit Okotoks and World War One is shining a light on the role Okotoks resident splayed during the “Great War” in a four year run August 2014 to November 2018. The museum is home to a number of programs for youth and adults.

The museum also hosts a number of special events over the year, including a heritage walking tour of the Olde Towne Okotoks area on July 4 and Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and tours of the Okotoks cemetery on July 25 and Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. Both are free. There will also be a full moon ghost tour on the evening of July 31. People are asked to pre-register at 403-938-3204 for $5 each. The museum will also host a Halloween walking tour on Oct. 28-30 in the evening. The recommended minimum age is 13 and people are asked to pre-register at 403-938-3204 for $5 each.

The Okotoks Heritage House is located at 49 North Railway Street.

Admission is free. Starting the May long-weekend, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and stat holidays. Outside the summer season, hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday.

Caption: The Okotoks Museum and Archives provides a glimpse into the town’s history.

 

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