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Heritage House offers insight into history

The Okotoks Heritage House, built in 1905, 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 Okotoks Museum and Archives. The Okotoks Museum and Archives is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday all year long. Throughout 2017, the museum will feature a series of exhibits that reflect our community’s history since confederation. These exhibits will celebrate the common Canadian threads that tie us together and set us apart.  The second series in the Okotoks – Our Place in History exhibit opens May 2 and includes:

Open For Business – Have You Heard the News? This exhibit will look at how Okotoks residents communicate including newspapers, radio, television and the telephone. It features great hands-on activities including a telegraph simulator, building a radio and letterpress block printing.Trails, Rails and Settlers’ Tales – the Arrival of the Railroad. Learn the significant role the railway had on the development of Okotoks as well as the inspiring stories and first impressions of early newcomers. Sense of Community – The Games We Play.

The third series in the Okotoks – Our Place in History exhibit opens July 1 and includes War Efforts – Our Military Service: From the Boer War to Afghanistan, and Essential Services – Fire! Fire! featuring the history of fire services in Okotoks. An exhibit called Remembering 1967 – Canada’s Centennial will also be featured. The fourth series in the Okotoks – Our Place in History exhibit opens Sept. 12 and includes Open For Business – Setting Up Shop, Music to our Ears, and The Mail Order Catalogue. Also watch for Sense of Community – School Days, opening Oct. 31, and a Heritage Christmas, opening Nov. 17 in conjunction with Light Up Okotoks. The exhibit Okotoks and World War I began in August 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of First World War and will continue until November 11, 2018 – the 100th anniversary of the war’s end.

Special focus this year will be on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Okotoks Museum and Archives is launching a virtual exhibit, 150 Okotokians Who Have Made a Difference.

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