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Posted on May 29, 2020

Effective Monday, September 20, 2021, everyone 12 years of age and older will be required to show government-issued proof of vaccination, a negative privately-purchased COVID-19 test, or documentation of a medical exemption upon entry to the Fort Heritage Precinct. Click here for more information.

Over the past several years, improvements at the Fort Heritage Precinct have kept it preserved and well-maintained.  This time, the historic 1937 Warden’s Residence, home to the Fort Heritage Precinct’s Visitor Information Centre and administration, is getting a paint job.

The Warden’s Residence, Summer 2019.

Many residents will be familiar with the white stucco and green trim that they have come to associate with the Warden’s Residence over the past 30 years; but historical photographs and physical examination of the building has revealed that the house once donned a bolder colour palette: peach & red.

Warden’s Residence at the Fort Heritage Precinct during painting. May 28, 2020.

Removing the top layer of white paint reveals the original exterior paint colour. Further paint analysis of the building shows us that this is the only other colour the building has been painted since it was built in 1937.

 

As a museum and heritage site, it is our mandate to tell, and represent, the history of Fort Saskatchewan as accurately as possible. We have chosen to return the Warden’s Residence, a Municipal Historic Resource, to its historical colours to help us share the history of the Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Gaol more accurately.

Warden J.D. McLean (warden from 1926-1959) and Etta McLean on the Warden’s Residence front steps, ca. 1950s-1960s.

 

The preservation and restoration of heritage buildings is important. It helps to ensure that a historic building’s appearance maintains its original historic and cultural value within our community. It is a team effort that involves not only the facility maintenance and contractors but also curators and researchers who have an understanding of the building’s history and original design.

The Warden’s Residence Gets a New “Old” Look

Posted on May 29, 2020Uncategorised

Over the past several years, improvements at the Fort Heritage Precinct have kept it preserved and well-maintained.  This time, the historic 1937 Warden’s Residence, home to the Fort Heritage Precinct’s Visitor Information Centre and administration, is getting a paint job. Many residents will be familiar with the white stucco and green trim that they have […]

No Digging? No Doubt. Don’t Even Bag it Up

Posted on November 13, 2019Uncategorised

The layers of human history and activity that stretch through the Fort Heritage Precinct, Fort Saskatchewan’s downtown core, and river valley can be enticing to amateur archaeologists and metal detector hobbyists. People have occupied and used these lands in various ways for centuries, and who knows what might be lurking beneath the soil? An Indigenous […]

We’re Famous!

Posted on May 27, 2019Uncategorised

This past weekend, the CBC included The Fort Heritage Precinct as part of its video review of historic places in Alberta to see this summer. The clip talks about all of the amazing things you can find here at the Fort Heritage Precinct: the sheep, Sam Steele, and why the fort brought law and order to the […]

1875 North West Mounted Police Fort open for free on Canada Day

Posted on June 28, 2018Uncategorised

As part of Fort Saskatchewan’s Canada Day celebrations, the 1875 North West Mounted Police Fort at the Fort Heritage Precinct will be open, free of charge, from 1pm – 6pm on July 1, 2018! The Warden’s Residence gift shop will be open as well, and costumed interpreters and volunteers will be stationed throughout the Fort […]

Teacher’s Convention

Posted on January 14, 2017Uncategorised

As in past years we will be attending the two teachers’ conventions held in Edmonton this year. The first is the NCTCA Convention at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton on Thursday and Friday, the 9th and 10th of February. The second is the EPSB and GETCA CONVENTION at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton […]

Book Launch for “The Fur Trade in the West”

Posted on January 10, 2017Uncategorised

On January 15, Phyllis Arnold, a well know historic author will be launching her new book, “The Fur Trade In The West”, at the Armouries in Edmonton on January 15 from 2:00 pm To 5:00 pm. The Phyllis Arnold Foundation and Edmonton Historical Society have continued supporting the History Centre Programs since the move to the […]

Welcome 2017!

Posted on January 4, 2017Uncategorised

Yes, we are back at the Historic Precinct, and looking forward to an eventful and exciting new year. Our team of qualified instructors are eager to bring history to your students, starting on January 10 with a Land program in the Historical Village featuring the Metis, the Settlers, and the building of the CPR. The […]

Until the New Year!

Posted on December 23, 2016Uncategorised

The History Centre programs are done for the year, and the Fort Heritage Precinct is closed for the holidays. We look forward to starting back in January! The Fort Heritage Precinct will be closed from 4 pm December 23, 2016 to 10 am January 3, 2017. We are looking forward to starting our programs up […]

Renovations and Upgrades

Posted on November 14, 2016Uncategorised

Railway Upgrades!!! We have had the model railway at the Bolton school as part of our Building the Railway session for sometime now. Due to some problems we had with the small gauge of the line and the difficulties of frequent derailments, The busy railway workers poured their sweat and tears into upgrading it to […]

Acting at the Fort Heritage Precinct

Posted on April 12, 2016Uncategorised

We have a new Acting Culture and Historic Precinct Supervisor, congratulations Cherise Elliott. Jana Rowe will be filling in for Cherise as the Acting Fort Heritage Precinct Program Coordinator until further notice. Should you wish to connect with Jana about any of the programs she can be reached at the museumprograms@fortsask.ca email or by calling […]

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