Friends of SPRA


April 8, 2017

Friends President Charlie Penson presents a check for $25,000 to Jan Shields, President of South Peace Regional Archives, at the Annual General Meeting on April 8, 2017. The money will go towards the building fund for the Archives.


THANKS TO YOU

It was a Great Fundraiser!

Photos by Amos of Famous Amos Photography

Photos by Amos of Famous Amos Photography

Many thanks to
All our supporters in the sell-out crowd;
Artists Tina Dale, Amos Wiebe, Holly Crichton, and Emily Lozeron
and Auctioneer Tarril Rosvold
for a very successful Art Auction;
“Vintage” Band
For their lively dance music;
And everyone who donated for Door Prizes and the amazing Silent Auction:
Artist Jennie-Lee Adair
Barb & Ian Campbell
Beaverlodge Cultural Centre
Quilter Karen Burgess
Canada Post
Centre for Creative Arts
City of Grande Prairie
County of Grande Prairie
MLA Wayne Drysdale
Artist Shanda Thiessen Fuller
Grande Prairie Live Theatre
Emily Isley
Keddie’s Tack & Western Wear
Mr. Mike’s
Fran Moore
New Horizon Co-op
Charlie Penson
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Prairie Concrete
Prairie Coast Equipment Ltd

Cathy Scott
MP Chris Warkentin
Watson’s Foto Source
Windsor Motors

Thanks for Supporting a new Archives Facility for the South Peace!


Friends of the Archives invite you to our 3rd Annual Fundraiser

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How Well Do YOU Know Your Friends? Part 4

The final Friends board member to be featured is Emily Isley.
Emily Isley

Emily Isley became involved with the Friends through a friend – Charlie Penson persuaded her to join the board in 2013, as a director.

She arrived in the South Peace country in 1952 and considers Grande Prairie her hometown. Emily is a book-keeper and she and her husband Reg run their family business, Risley Equipment and the associated group of companies. She is a great supporter of the Grande Prairie community and feels it is important to “know the history of our people who have settled in this community.”

How Well Do YOU Know Your Friends? Part 3

The next installment in this series features Friends of the Archives treasurer, Jeff Nutting.

Jeff Nutting joined the Friends of SPRA Board in March 2014, at the first Annual General Meeting. He is currently serving as the Treasurer, a position he has held since March 2014. Jeff was born in Ottawa, Ontario and came to the Grande Prairie area in 1978. He is a long-time instructor at GPRC and has also worked as a real estate appraiser. Jeff NuttingJeff became involved in the Friends because he is interested in local history and his wife, Mary Nutting, is an archivist. Jeff feels it is important to preserve our stories and history now since “We tend to throw everything away.  Two hundred years from now people will want to know how we lived.” When talking about legacy, Jeff wants to leave the Archives better than he found it, with a new building and more diversified funding.

Interested in the Friends and the work they do? Want to get involved? We are looking for more community members to join our team. Contact friends@southpeacearchives.org to learn more.

Do You Have an Archives Story?

South Peace Regional Archives is at a cross-roads. For more than 15 years we have been gathering, preserving, and sharing the documentary history of this area. As we look forward to the future and the direction we want to take the Archives, we know we need to make the case for more partnerships, more space, and more financial support in a way that will be appealing and really grab our readers. That is where you come in. If you’ve had an experience in which SPRA has impacted or changed your life in a positive way, we want to hear from you. Please contact us at friends@southpeacearchives.org to participate. A couple of sentences or a pithy quote is enough. 

Venue Change!

Country Roads barnTo better fit our theme of an “Archives Raisin’ Barn Dance” we are moving the October 15 fundraising dinner to a real barn! Please plan to join us in the barn at Country Roads RV Park and whirl the night away to the toe-tappin’ rhythms of “Vintage”.

How Well Do YOU Know Your Friends? Part 2

The next installment in this series features Friends of the Archives secretary, Karen Burgess.Karen Burgess

Karen’s connection to the Friends of the Archives stems from her employment as Archival Assistant at South Peace Regional Archives for about 10 years. After retirement, she continued to volunteer at the Archives and in 2014 joined the Friends Board as Secretary, a position she still holds. Before coming to work at the Archives, Karen was a teacher in Grande Prairie and instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College. Born and raised in Dixonville, Alberta, Karen arrived in the Grande Prairie area in 1965.

Karen believes that “our history is important – so we need to preserve it.” She became involved with the Friends specifically because she acknowledges that the Archives require a larger facility and that funds will need to be raised to fill this need. Karen wants to be remembered as a supporter of our history being preserved.

Interested in the Friends and the work they do? Want to get involved? We are always looking for more community members. Contact friends@southpeacearchives.org for more information.

AGM 2016 2016 Board

Thanks to all who joined us for the AGM on April 2. We had a good turn-out and heard about the current and proposed activities of the Friends and the Archives. Our Friends Board remains the same for the coming year: Charlie Penson (President), Karen Burgess (Secretary), Emily Isley (Director), and Jeff Nutting (Treasurer).

How Well Do YOU Know Your Friends?

For the next few weeks, we will be featuring profiles of the Friends Board. We’ll start off with Charlie Penson.Charlie Penson 1

Charlie Penson joined the Friends of SPRA Board in March 2014, when the Friends first came into being. He is currently serving as the President, a position he has held since March 2014. Charlie’s mother came into the South Peace area in 1913 and the family has been here ever since. Charlie farmed in the Sexsmith/La Glace area for 48 years, retiring in the Spring of 2015. He also served as the Peace River region’s Member of Parliament for 12 years, from 1993 to 2005. Charlie has always had an interest in the history of the area and preserving that history so that it is not lost; involvement with the Archives and the Friends of the Archives is a natural fit. Charlie has a desire to give back to this area because it has been so good to his family since they moved from Ontario in the early days of settlement. He feels it is important for people to give back and support their community. To paraphrase Charlie, “We have benefited from the work the pioneers did to build the area, now it’s time for us to do the same.”

Interested in the Friends and the work they do? Want to get involved? We are looking for more community members to join our team as a member of the Friends Board. Come out to the AGM on April 2 at 10am to participate as a voter or candidate.

 

Barn raising

Save the Date! Friends Fall Fundraiser

Join the Friends of the South Peace Regional Archives for a fall fundraising supper on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The evening will have a barn-dance theme and is sure to full of laughter and fun, so reserve a spot on your calendar and start prepping your costume! More details to follow.

 

The Horse Drive of Harry Adair

July 12, 2015

We had a great time at the Horse Drive of Harry Adair!  The weather was perfect, the content was riveting, and the Scenic Heights Players did a great job with the play.  Thanks again to all our volunteers, our donors, and the Scenic Heights community.  We had a profit of just over $7,000 on the event and a nice donation of $10,000 for our building fund from one of the attendees, so that made it a very profitable event!

Roping instruction

Roping instruction

Crowds in the stands, waiting for the play to begin

Crowds in the stands, waiting for the play to begin

Leslie Gordon interviews Gary Dixon

Leslie Gordon interviews Gary Dixon

Charlie Penson, MC and President of the Friends Society

Charlie Penson, MC and President of the Friends Society

Musicians

Musicians

The chuckwagon

The chuckwagon

The players

The players

The bear that scared the horses

The bear that scared the horses


Next “Raising the Archives” Event
The Horse Drive of Harry Adair

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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“Raising the Archives” A Huge Success

Grande Prairie, October 28, 2014

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The Friends of South Peace Regional Archives are very pleased with the success of their first “Raising the Archives” event last weekend.

The Elks Hall buzzed with the crowd of 150 people, many of them in old-time dress. Costumes of all eras, from 1914 to the 1970s (and of course modern) mixed happily throughout the evening. Especially noticeable were the flappers, dressed in fringes and boas. Snapshot Photo was on hand to record those costumes, with many historical props to add to the delight of the portraits.

Displays of local historical photographs, on the walls and large screen, welcomed attendees into the hall. The archival theme was carried on throughout, including a trivia competition to get in line for dinner.   

After supper, Jerome Tochor and his band, “Vintage”, led the crowd in such old favourites as “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag”, and “You Are My Sunshine”.

A 15 minute play, called “Editors at War” replayed the rivalry between the Frontier Signal and the Grande Prairie Herald as they sniped at each other over their positions on politics, patronage, and prohibition. The newspaper boys, fighting about the abilities of their separate editors, drew the best laugh of the evening.

 “We want to thank everyone who volunteered their services to make this such an enjoyable evening,” said Friends President Charlie Penson, “especially the Vintage Band and Jim Geary, who gave welcome professional advice to the troupe of amateur actors in the drama.”

“We couldn’t be happier with this first fundraiser,” added Mary Nutting, Executive Director of the Archives.  “The food by Ann’s Catering and the service of the Elks was excellent, and the competition for Silent Auction items fierce. Our goal for the evening was to have fun with history, and we certainly did that. We also raised about $12,000. This shows significant support for protecting archival collections and making sure our history is available to current and future generations.”

For more information, please contact Charlie Penson at (780) 539-9029

South Peace Regional Archives

Box 687, Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 3A8

Ph: (780) 830-5105  Email: spra@telus.net

www.southpeacearchives.org

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Raising the Archives

Grande Prairie, October 20, 2014

 

The Friends of South Peace Regional Archives are presenting a Fall Supper on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Elks Hall in Grande Prairie.  The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our history and to start a fund for a new building for the Archives.

“Our aim for this event is to have some fun with our history,” says Executive Director Mary Nutting, “and we are pleased to see the interest that it is generating.”

Friends President, Charlie Penson, has written a short, humourous play for the evening, featuring real people from 1914-1915, and based on accounts in the Frontier Signal and the Grande Prairie Herald.  We welcome back long-time Grande Prairie resident Jim Geary to play one of the lead actors. Local volunteers fill in the other roles, a few playing members from their own families.

Some of those attending the supper are also getting into the spirit. We will see the suffragettes, a prohibitionist or two, a World War I nurse, and many old-time costumes.  Music is being provided by local band “Vintage” and silent auction items have been donated by local artists, writers, municipalities and elected representatives.

“One of the building blocks of a strong community is a knowledge of our roots and heritage,” reminds Friends President Charlie Penson.  We will know our past a little better when the evening is over.

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For more information, please contact Charlie Penson at (780) 539-9029

South Peace Regional Archives

Box 687, Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 3A8

Ph: (780) 830-5105  Email: spra@telus.net

www.southpeacearchives.org

Raising the Archives!

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Raising the Archives!

Friends of South Peace Regional Archives

First Annual Fundraiser for a New Archives Building

6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014

Grande Prairie Elks Hall at 10806-106th Street

Come for a Fall Supper and some Good Fun

Tickets are $100 per person (Tax Receipt for $65.00/ticket)

Call the Archives at (780) 830-5105 or email spra@telus.net

Theme: 100 Years of Our History

Old Time Dress is Encouraged.



New Friends Group Formed for the Archives

 

Grande Prairie, March 11, 2014 – A new Friends group has been formed for South Peace Regional Archives to raise awareness about the importance of archives and help gather, preserve and share historical records from the south Peace.

SPRA gathers archival records from a large area covered by six municipalities: the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the MD of Greenview, the MD of Spirit River, Birch Hills County and Saddle Hills County.

Newly-elected Friends President Charlie Penson stated “I believe our families, communities and our entire society is stronger when we learn about the important contributions made by our forefathers. We want to build on the legacies left by the early pioneers, but also need the stories of those who have made this region home more recently.”

Mr. Penson is looking for opportunities to meet with individuals or groups throughout the South Peace. He says, “We are very fortunate to have the wonderful resource of the South Peace Regional Archives with friendly, professional staff to assist everyone who is interested.”

For more information, please contact Charlie Penson at (780) 539-9029