Elk Point Historical Society
Overview of the Historical Society
A Brief Description of the Elk Point Historical Society
On September 4th, 1975 the Elk Point Historical Society was formed at a public meeting, and has since published numerous historical books incuding Reflections and the Supplement, built the Mural Park in Elk Point, has been active in the building of the Peter Fidler Statue, has overseen the building of the $1,200,000 Fort George & Buckingham House Interpretive Center, developed an Elk Point Historical web site www.elkpointhistory.ab.ca in 1998, and, with our sister organization, Friends of the Forts, been an active member of many Elk Point events. We have helped form, develop and operate the Iron Horse Trail.
We continue to be active in digitizing our knowledge of local history and placing the information in the hand of local interested readers. We have been renewing an interest in the local history of our area by collecting it and making it available to the public on the internet. We have built 3 companion sites to our main sites for the communities of Ferguson Flats, Lindbergh, and Heinsburg. We completed a large historical web site in 1998 have been expanding it. We discovered many people wanted the history in traditional print form and we have been making coil bound books to disperse what information we have gathered. We published a book by Steve Andrishak called Our Past, local museum operator, as well as a recent books by F.G. Miller (A Pioneer Doctor: Elk Point's Dr FG Miller and Elk Point Homesteaders), the first doctor in the region. Other books have been created for sale or limited family distribution over many years:
Numerous articles are being added to the websites each month.
A summary of these projects will follow.