Archives Week takes aerial look at North Battleford

By Greg Higgins
February 5, 2016 - 12:11pm Updated: February 5, 2016 - 12:44pm

Aerial pictures of North Battleford from the ‘60s were the theme of this year’s Archive Week.

The pictures brought back a specific memory for Darlene Sutton who came to check them out.

“My dad took me downtown when they had started the process to demolish the old post office building and I remember asking why they were tearing that pretty building down and he said because they’re not overly smart and they don’t want to keep old buildings. I was upset because I didn’t know why they tear down such a pretty building. I cried a bit and said ‘Why? Why?’” she said, recalling a conversation with her father.

The pictures were taken by Lorne Cooper who was a prominent figure in North Battleford. Tammy Donahue Buziak, part time archivist, explained why they chose Cooper’s pictures as the theme this year.

“The Lorne Cooper collection had been brought into our archives many years ago. We were looking at the negatives and we realized this was a very powerful display,” Buziak said.

“People are very interested in finding their houses or markers that remind them of many years ago so we enhanced them and enlarged them and set them out for the people to see,” she added.

Pictures were spread across folding tables, with one table having an interesting display asking for the people of North Battlefords help.

“So here we have a “Can You Help?” board with photographs of places that we do not know where they are, somebody knows where they are so we really do need some help” said Buziak, to the attendees.

She asked anyone who thinks they can identify the locations in the pictures, to visit the co-op on Saturday, Feb. 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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