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Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society celebrates 65 years

It’s been 65 years since the Historical Society was founded by Peter Ream in Fort Saskatchewan.

The society held a celebration over the weekend to talk about the work they’ve done over the years, and the impact it’s had on the community.

“We invited people to come and help us celebrate and talk to some of people who have been around over the years. The mayor even gave us a celebration letter, thanking us for keeping history alive in Fort Saskatchewan,” said Stuart McGowan with the Historical Society.

Some of their highlights include helping build the Old Fort next to the Fort Heritage Precinct, their annual Winterfest and vintage snowmobile show, and the time they raised money for an interpretive platform beside the Old Fort, which was donated to the city.

“We’re very active with people and groups who want to find out more about the history,” added McGowan. “We have school groups and people that have tours, and when we do the Peoples of the North Saskatchewan, we have over 600 kids show up to that celebration.”

The museum was even featured in an episode of Creepy Canada back in 2005 and was about the last woman hung in Fort Saskatchewan, Florence Lassandro.

Founder Peter Ream also wrote a book about the city called The Fort on the Saskatchewan. The park that the Old Fort is located is named after him.

Ream created the society back in 1958.

Mayor Gale Katchur and Stuart McGowan.