Introducing The Bashaw Historical Society
In 2005 a dedicated group of Bashaw community members gathered to begin a 6 year journey. A new history book was to be created to enhance an earlier publication called Beautiful Fields (1974). The call went out and a committee of 30 members was formed. After 6 years of hard work and dedication, a lovely 2 volume history book was launched in the Fall of 2010. Bashaw & District: Over 100 Years of Memories found its way under almost every Christmas tree in the community that year. It wasn’t an accidental publication…2011 was to be our Centennial Celebration year and the new history book started the party.
A 14 point historical walk complete with commemorative plaques and guide book was created. 12 community members were inducted into the Hall of Fame that had been launched in 2004. Statues were commissioned honoring several local community members. In August 2011, the population doubled as we welcomed hundreds of returning citizens for a celebratory homecoming weekend.
In 2012, the previously existing Bashaw Lakeside Museum Society who’s mandate to operate the local museum in the original 1911 fire hall building (5020 – 50 Street), amalgamated with the Bashaw Historical Society to continue to honor and preserve our past.
Our membership meets monthly and continues to be a presence in the community. In 2011, a full scale dramatic production, The End of the Rope, focusing on Robert Raymond Cook, the last man hanged in Alberta, was produced in partnership with The Historical Society and played to sell out crowds and was also taken to the Edmonton Fringe Festival. After an intense local man hunt in 1057, Cook was held in our (now) museum jail.
During the summer season, the Society employs students to keep the museum open to the public. Weekly children’s programs offer historic crafts and activities on a drop in basis. We host school visits and participate in the annual Prairie Fun Days held throughout the Camrose County. In 2014, the Society built and inaugurated a gazebo to house our 1957 International Fire truck.
Our community is made vibrant by over 40 local volunteer organizations. The Bashaw Historical Society is proud to be part of this vibrancy. We treasure our citizens, both past and present. We are particularly excited to be part of Ben Wilson’s video project. The legacy that this project will leave to the town and community of Bashaw is of tremendous value. We are honored to be a partner in this amazing undertaking.
Our membership sits at approximately 10 members. We would love to have more members! Our meetings are every 2nd Monday at the Lutheran Church.
Just some of the things we have been involved with this summer!