Archives presentation on historic corner stores running Wednesday

By Angela Brown
March 7, 2018 - 12:00pm Updated: March 8, 2018 - 7:30am

Local residents with an interest in history won't want to miss a special presentation Wednesday on corner stores.

The presentation has been a labour of love for Leola Macdonald, a long-time volunteer on the North Battleford Historic Archives Committee. Macdonald spearheaded the project after completing two years of extensive research on many old corner stores. The presentation highlights the histories of the small stores operating in North Battleford from 1905 to 1980.

The display includes about 50 boards featuring archival photographs of the stores and their owners. It also features informative descriptions of the businesses, which were focal points in neighbourhoods for many years.  

Archivist Tammy Donahue Buziak, with the City of North Battleford Historic Archives, said all the volunteers assisted Macdonald in putting the project together.

"It's a fantastic display," she said. "I remember the Polar Bar, and that's in the display."

Donahue Buziak said she has fond memories of the old corner stores from growing up in North Battleford. 

The City of North Battleford Historic Archives volunteers will be on hand during the exhibition to offer their insights. The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the North Battleford Library. 


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