The Museum Society of Grande Prairie and District has done a lot for the community over the last 56 years, including the construction of the local museum in the early 1970’s. However, in mid-May they decided to dissolve.
Curator at the Grande Prairie Museum Charles Taws says there really wasn’t much left for them to do, or prove.
“The Museum Society felt that they have succeeded in the goal that they set out to do in 1961, to create a museum in Grande Prairie that’s a tourist attraction and to preserve local history. They felt that their job was done and it was time to close down,” Taws explained.
This also means the annual Isabel Campbell Award will be discontinued.
“The City already has two awards. The Bill Bowes Award, and the George Repka Award cover culture and history. The Isabel Campbell Award is a regional award, and of course it’s the cities purview to have a city award, but not an award for the region,” said Taws.
A commemorative plaque will be going up at the Grande Prairie Museum to recognize the organization’s devotion to the community over the last five-plus decades.