At the end of April I attended an open house for the Town of Pincher Creek Municipal Heritage Survey project. Over the past year, the Town, through the dedicated assistance of community volunteers and the guidance of Farley Wuth at the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, has been working on documenting up to 300 sites. These sites, all older than the 1940s, include residential, commercial and industrial properties. The sites are being documented through photography and by recording geographical, architectural and historical information. Once complete, all documented sites may be viewed on the Provincial Heritage Survey database.
The open house was attended by project volunteers and interested community members. Their interest in the project was inspiring. With each documented property, the volunteers uncover new facts about their community. Who lived where, and when? Which properties contain unique architectural features? How did the properties evolve after alterations and repairs? With each discovery, a greater sense of community pride seems to emerge.
Completing a Municipal Heritage Survey is a great way for municipal staff to learn about the older building stock (and other sites) in their communities. The information gathered provides valuable information for things such as:
– public and private research
– historic walking tours
– school and museum programs
– municipal decision-making
– information on historic and existing land uses
– development patterns
– tourism opportunities
– assistance in long-term conservation objectives
– evaluation of potential historic places
– photographic record to aide future conservation projects
Essentially, a Municipal Heritage Survey is an information gathering exercise, which enables future decisions and projects associated with potential historic places. Properties documented through a survey are not placed under any restrictions.
To learn more about the Pincher Creek Municipal Heritage Survey project, click here.
To learn how the Town of Pincher Creek is completing this project, please visit the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program website.
Written by: Brenda Manweiler, Municipal Heritage Services Officer