An early morning fire on July 28, 2010 damaged the former CPR sandstone station that is the home of the Museum of the Highwood. Many of the artifacts and archival materials suffered varying degress of smoke and water damage. The museum was forced to vacate the building for 22 months while the station was repaired and restored.
Thank you to the Town of High River, architect Lorne Simpson, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and Belfor Restoration for the outstanding work they did to restore the station.
The Town of High River was recognized for their contribution in November 2012 when they received an Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Award.
With the help of our dedicated staff and many, many wonderful volunteers, the collection has been cleaned and restored. Overall, less than 2% of the collection was lost in the fire. We are pleased to be back in the beautifully restored station, and to be able to feature artifacts from our outstanding collection in exhibits and programs. A priority for our Collections Manager this year is to provide physical locations and descriptions of our artifacts and archival materials in our collections database to make them more easily accessible.