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More buildings in Olds get historical plaques

The Town of Olds, Olds Communities in Bloom Committee and the Olds Historical Society are pleased to announce the continuation of the Olds Historical Signage Program that started in 2007.
RIPS Audio Video & Spas president Leon Durand displays a plaque that depicts the history of his building.
RIPS Audio Video & Spas president Leon Durand displays a plaque that depicts the history of his building.

The Town of Olds, Olds Communities in Bloom Committee and the Olds Historical Society are pleased to announce the continuation of the Olds Historical Signage Program that started in 2007.

To date, there are 20 locations of historic significance throughout our community where signs have been installed.

The high-quality bronze plaques feature a historical photograph and a description about the location, which is mounted on the building or a stand-alone platform. The first sign was installed on the AGT Building, home to the Mountain View Museum & Archives at 5038 ñ 50th Street, in July of 2007.

To celebrate Canada 150 this year and in response to inquiries from the community, four more buildings will receive bronze historical sign plaques. These particular buildings that did not get historic plaques in the first years of the program are all designated Municipal Historic Resources.

Take a stroll through historic Uptowne Olds and have a look at the new bronze plaques on Armstrong Bakery (Different Strokes Gallery, 5010 ñ 50th Avenue), Lamont House (Urban Rootz, 5206 ñ 50th Avenue), the former Maybank Drug Store (Rips Audio Video & Spas, 5004 ñ 50th Avenue) and Pokotilo Block (Core Psychology, 5018 ñ 51st Street).

The continuation of this project was made possible through a Heritage Awareness Grant from Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and the Alberta Lottery Fund.

In 1974, the Alberta government declared the first Monday of August an annual holiday to recognize and celebrate the varied cultural heritage of Albertans. Although it is not a statutory holiday, many use this day as an optional holiday to celebrate the province's heritage.

To learn more about the rich cultural heritage found in our community or to research your own family's history in Olds, visit the Mountain View Museum & Archives, Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5038 ñ 50th Street, Olds, or check out its website at www.oldsmuseum.ca.

Did you know that our Olds history books See Olds First, and Olds: A History of Olds and Area are available online? Visit http://www.oldsmuseum.ca/services.html and follow the links.

- Jorgensen is the town's heritage advisor.