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Step back in time at the Museum of the Highwood

STORY BY KEVIN RUSHWORTH

Staff at High River’s Museum of the Highwood—formerly the town’s train station built in 1912—are looking forward to summer and many opportunities to teach visitors about the faces from the past and the stories that continue to affect the region today.

Irene Kerr, director and curator, said the museum tells a complete picture of the Highwood region. One thing that has not changed for staff is their love for history and telling stories, she added.

“If you really want to learn about a place and soak up the culture, then the museum is the best place to go to,” she said.

The Museum of the Highwood is open seven days a week. From Monday to Saturday, the site is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays, the doors open at noon and close at 4 p.m.

“The absolute best thing about working here is you never know whose going to walk through the door,”
Kerr said.

The station is warm and inviting and museum staff treat everyone as friends during their visit.

The historic train station has been a focal point for High River since its construction.

“People would just come and sit on the benches outside and watch the comings and goings, watch people leaving and coming on the trains,” explained Marian Anton, visitor experience co-ordinator.

This summer, enjoy an exhibit about famed Canadian author and former High River resident W.O. Mitchell. The Who Has Seen the Wind author’s life is chronicled in this exhibit.

The first new exhibit of the season, Go Round: Ranching to Rodeo, opens May 11 and celebrates rodeo and ranching culture and its historic roots in the Highwood region.

Also new to the museum is an exhibit about the area’s movie theatres, and stories on the many films that were and continue to be shot in the region over the decades.

Highwood North: Film in the Fabric of Foothills History opens June 20 and tells the story of films as entertainment in the High River area.

The Museum of the Highwood is located in the heart of downtown High River at 406 1 Street SW and must not be missed while visiting the town.

 

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