Heritage Acres Volunteer Opportunities
Thirty years ago a very ambitious group of volunteers assembled for the sole purpose of preserving, displaying and demonstrating the pioneer lifestyle of the early farmers and ranchers in Alberta. This lead up to the formation of a pioneer museum which was a result of the building of the three rivers dam. Land that was going to be flooded by the formation of the dam held some very old farm and ranch equipment that could be preserved or flooded by the new dam.
With a large amount of assistance from the Alberta government, a group of volunteers created the Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club to gather and collect some of the equipment and buildings that were about to be sent to a watery grave. Over the years, volunteers have worked diligently to restore and display buildings and equipment for the general population to view and experience what the early pioneers had done to earn a living to raise their families.
The dedicated volunteers are the thrust behind what it takes to keep the Heritage Acres Farm Museum active in the preservation, displaying and demonstration of the antique farm and ranch equipment. Volunteers meet once a week on Thursdays to complete many of the tasks that are associated with the operation of the self-guided tour of the facilities. At their individual convenience, volunteers that have taken on individual restoration projects, will often spend many hours during the week working on their own tasks.
There are many different disciplines involved in maintaining the Heritage Acres Farm Museum and any individual that may have an interest in becoming an active volunteer is welcome to join the group each Thursday at the Museum work shop. Help is always needed with restoration work on old tractors, stationary engines, buildings, and set-up for the different functions that are held throughout the year. Maintenance tasks involving electrical skills, carpentry skills, welding skills, plumbing skills, gardening, painting, data collection, book keeping and assisting with guided tours throughout the facilities are completed by volunteers and members of the Oldman River Antique Farm Equipment Club.
If you are looking for a way to fill some of your spare time and are interested in building new friendships by becoming involved in the experience of completing rewarding projects to benefit future generations, contact Heritage Acres by calling 403-627-2082 or by e-mail @ , better yet, show up at the Heritage Acres workshop on any Thursday morning and experience the comradery associated with hands on volunteering.