The following article was submitted by the Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society as part of a series celebrating the society’s 20 years of existence.
What a ride it has been− from a dark cavern in the town/library basement to the new library site in the year 2000 to our present location in the lower level of the new Municipal Government Building in 2013. Throughout the journey, the Town of Sylvan Lake has always been very supportive, providing us with office space, utilities and encouragement.
It all began in 1995 with a picture display in the library during the 1913 Days celebration, featuring copies of historical pictures donated by local old-time residents. From our first workshop to our first board meeting, it was determined ‘Archives’ would be a better title than ‘Museum’. The word ‘District’ was added to better reflect the original community, and the word ‘Society’ in 1998 when we achieved non-profit status.
In celebration of 20 years of volunteerism in developing and recording local history, the Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society will focus on two projects. The first one is a series of submissions to the Sylvan Lake News featuring many of the latest accessions we have received; the second is an appreciation event to recognize the many people who have contributed to our success.
The Sylvan Lake and District Archives Society is open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. Come in and browse through our displays, picture albums, history books, maps and much more.