Mark your calendars and start prepping your costume! The 2016 Friends of the Archives fall fundraiser is booked for Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Pomeroy Hotel. We are gearing up for a fun-filled, barn-dance themed event and we want to see you there! Watch our webpage for more details: www.southpeacearchives.org/friends-spra
Now that our website is back online and fully repaired, check out the photographs of the July 12th fundraiser!
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!
This is a last call for tickets for the Harry Adair Horse Drive Open Air Play and Barbecue! We have about forty left from our top number of two hundred tickets.
And here’s another story about Harry Adair.
This is the best photo we have of Harry Adair. It is called “Paying an Election Bet” (SPRA 032.08.08.0585) and is dated July 2, 1917. Harry was involved in politics at many levels. He was on the first Council for the Rural Municipality of Bear Lake when it was formed in December 1912, and he ran in the Provincial Election in 1917 but lost to banker William Innes. You can read about it in the news clipping below.
What surprised me, though, was his support of feminist politician and social activist Nellie McClung. The clipping here, dated October 5, 1920, gives a taste of community life at the Adair ranch.
What do you know about Harry Adair? How he heard about the Peace Country, we don’t know, but Harry Adair set out from Montana in 1906 with 700 head of horses, assisted only by three women relatives and a few wranglers. He finally arrived here in 1909 and established a 2,200 acre ranch northwest of the fledgling community of Saskatoon Lake. Grande Prairie City wasn’t even a dream then. By 1913, he was seeding 900 acres of crop; and by 1917, 1300 acres, the largest ranch in the Peace Country. His ranch buildings, seen in the photos above, were the center of community life in that area. For the story about that exciting horse drive from Montana to the Grande Prairie, you’ll have to come to the Open Air Play on July 12th!
In spite of the wintry weather on Saturday, we had a good turnout for our annual general meeting.
Thank you to everyone who came out to join us and we’ll look forward to seeing you next year!
Photo: Archivist Leslie Pearson posing with the SPRA table at the Municipal Government Day event held at Muskoseepi Park.