by Jen Peddlesden, President Chestermere Historical Foundation
The little town that could won’t be left behind! If big sister Calgary can have an annual Historic Week, then so can we! Thanks to the Town of Chestermere for allowing the Chestermere Historic Foundation some space in the lobby to celebrate the first ever ‘Historic Chestermere Week’. There was a display of artifacts and information about the history of Chestermere in the Town Hall from July 30th through to August 3rd, 2012. Copies of ‘ Chestermere A Home for All Seasons’ are still available at the front desk to look at, and purchase for $48. Though there are many copies available now, this won’t be for long. The CHF often gets calls from citizens looking for copies of the previous three books which are now very, very hard to find.
Thank you to Lori Nielsen for donation of a wheelbarrow which we believe was used in building the dam that created Chestermere Lake. She has also generously provided some other implements, a scythe, and saw used early in the 20th century when the CPR irrigation project, which brought life to the dry prairie around us, was being built. A model of a little buggy brings back the idea that travel in the early days here meant braving the elements and was not as pleasurable or fast as it is today.
The 1952 Ford Chestermere Fire Truck which is being restored would not fit into the lobby–but it was out at the Show ‘n Shine on the CRCA grounds July 28th. Stop in and check out the progress. If you have any restoration skills, helpers are still needed to finish off this project. And if you are not handy, there are still items on the Menu for “Restaurant Camion de Bomberos” and Chef Vini ( Vince Young–Project Manager 403 819 4117) or another CHF volunteer will be there to tell you all about this little fire truck and how even a few dollars can move this restoration along. For more information contact us via our webpage at www.chestermerehistory.org