An educational history project in partnership with School District #5. We are interested in things that evoke memories of what school was like and how it tied into the larger community. This would include photos of people schools were named after, programmes from past dramatic events, sports trophies, club crests, school publications, photos of teachers and school buildings.
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A tradition going back into the 1920s in Cranbrook, selecting a group of young women to be town ambassadors is still alive today. This site explores the history of that tradition and will focus on the Sam Steele Sweethearts.
Cranbrook has always rocked! From its early beginnings until now, the town has had a music scene. Choral groups, city bands, huge musical productions, the Salvation Army and fraternal organizations have all contributed through time. One group that stands out, however, is the Cranbrook Girls' Bugle Band. This site will explore in depth the history of the Bugle Band.
The Gyro Pool was open from 1930 to 1969 and was boasted as being the "largest pool in Western Canada." Go Cranbrook! The Gyros hard work paid off and if the cost of upkeep and keeping up with the new government regulations hadn't gotten so outrageously high, Cranbrookians of today might have been able to share in that ice cold swimming goodness.
Towns throughout the Columbia Basin, opening to the new possibilities of auto tourism, began to plan for the auto travelling public. Cities began to develop parks close to downtown. They set aside areas for camping and developed facilities to encourage camping. Tourism was now an economic force to be reckoned with. The Cranbrook Tourist Park was born and it set the mark for many others which followed.
An investigation into early medical services in the Columbia Basin, and in particular the St. Eugene Hospital. This is a diverse site that looks at the Saint Eugene Mission and the role of the Catholic Fathers and Sisters, the development of the St. Eugene Hospital, particular doctors, and primarily, the institution and traditions of the St. Eugene School of Nursing.
In August of 1926 Cranbrookians were given the pleasure of looking out their window and catching a glimpse of an elephant moseying on through their back yard. The hunt that followed the Elephant stampede lasted until September when Charlie Ed, the last remaining of the rouge elephants, was finally captured. He was led down Baker Street and was renamed Cranbrook Ed.
A look at the impact of WWI on the Cranbrook region, and what returning soldiers did to advance their own causes. We present images of Cranbrook's involvement in WWI perhaps not seen before, and examines the Great War Veterans' Association, the organization that was the forerunner of the Cranbrook Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Investigating Castlegar's history is analogous to wrestling with a very large octopus. There is no definitive site or date that immediately proposes itself. It means that we have the opportunity to pull together a number of vanished or amalgamated communities into one fascinating exploration - Sproat's landing, Waterloo, Westley, Robson, West Robson, Brooklyn - the list of communities goes on and on. Please take advantage and move from the Castlegar Album deeper into the history of the Castlegar area contained within the Image Bank. Enjoy the rich diversity!
First a summer location used by the Ktunaxa Nation and known as Akisq'aq'li'it, Cranbrook became a stop on Joseph's Prairie in 1864 for miners traveling to the Wild Horse Creek gold claims. First pre-empted by John Galbraith and then purchased from him in 1885 by James Baker, the site eventually became known as Cranbrook which was the name of Baker's birth place in England. Deeding half of the townsite to the Canadian Pacific Railway, Baker secured the divisional headquarters of the CPR and the new Crownsnest line built through Cranbrook in 1898. Enjoy the album and the vast array of Cranbrook images, stories and memories in our collection.
Kimberley has always been an outdoors town, with skiing, ski jumping, mountain climbing and other outdoor pursuits providing the release from the trials and stress of the mine. And the town has experienced the tribulations that form a strong community. Use the Kimberley Community Album as a starting point to explore the vast holding of Kimberley photographs in the Columbia Basin Image Bank.
Valemount is a mountain community laying in the shadow of three major ranges - the Monashees to the south, the Cariboos to the west and the magnificent Rockies laying to the north and east. Mount Robson figures prominently in the photo collection of the Valemount Museum. Use this Album to explore the rich history of the northernmost community in the Columbia Basin.