June 24, 2017 – Community Heritage Celebration
Jan 2013 – Awarded Alberta Historic Resources Foundation (AHRF) Grant
We are thrilled to report that the Alberta Historic Resources Foundation (AHRF) has supported our application for funding for the Four Schools Oral History Project. The grant is made possible by the Alberta Lottery Fund. Thank you for your support!
Oct 2012 – Roger Pilkington Honoured
On October 12, Roger Pilkington, Treasurer of the Bearspaw Historical Society was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the community through his extensive volunteering. Roger was project manager for both the moving of the historic Bearspaw School, and its renovation and adaptive-reuse as community meeting and office space. The Society members are grateful to Roger, and his wife, and former Society President, Carol Pilkington, who showed great leadership in these endeavors. Roger’s award was also given in recognition of his many years of service through the Bearspaw Lions Club.
Roger Pilkington was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal. (© Elisa J. Hart)
June 2012 – Funding Provided by Rocky View Country
We were delighted to learn that Rocky View County approved funding for the Four Schools Oral History Project on the recommendation of the Bearspaw-Glendale Community Association. The grant can be used to 30% of allowable expenses. We are very grateful to these organizations for their support!
May 2012 – Official Opening of the School Horse Barn
The Society celebrated the completion of the replica barn with an open house on June 9, 2012. It was a wonderful event. Former teacher Sunni Turner rang the school bell to begin the festivities. We were honoured to have with us; Bruce McAllister, MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View, Al Sacuta who is our Councillor for Rocky View County, and Dr. David Chalack, a former student of the historic Bearspaw School and former head of the Calgary Stampede. Al Sacuta presented a plaque to the Society in appreciation of, “…The efforts of the Bearspaw Historical Society for replicating the historical Bearspaw School Barn, providing a lasting legacy for Bearspaw residents and visitors.”
April 2012 – Project Completion Tea Party
The first phase of the 1920 Bearspaw School Oral History Project was brought to a close, and the participants were honoured through an old fashioned tea party at the schoolhouse.
New Plaque for the 1920 Bearspaw Historic School
The history of the 1920 Bearspaw School and those associated with it was commemorated through the installation of a plaque in front of the school. The Society would like to install plaques at the other former school sites in the area.