Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Crowsnest Museum and Archives, Alberta

The Crowsnest Museum and Archives first opened to the public in 1985, and since then, it has collected approximately 60,000 artifacts from the Crowsnest Pass area.

One thing that they do have is the Gushul Family Collection. This family were among the most prolific photographers of their time in Alberta. They opened a first photography studio in Bush Town in 1918 and a second in Blairmore in 1921.

The federal government has announced it is funding “the purchase of supplies and storage products to house and protect the Gushul Family Collection, a large and rare historical photograph collection that documents southern prairie life from the mid-1920s onwards. The Society will also conduct workshops for museum staff and local heritage organizations. This project will ensure long-term public access to artifacts in the museum's collection”. So that is good news!

To see the Gushul Images online, go to
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