Heritage Community Foundation is a charitable Trust
(Charitable Number: 87082 2541 RR0001) committed to connecting
people with heritage. As a new kind of community foundation, it
is not bounded by geography but based on interest in the value
of heritage for individuals, their communities and society.
The Foundation's goal is for heritage to be valued by everyone.
Heritage is broadly defined in all its aspects—historical,
natural, cultural, scientific and technological. To enable the
greatest possible access to the resources of heritage
institutions and organizations, the Foundation has become a
leader in the development of online learning resources.
The Foundation's extensive collection of websites can be found
Alberta Online Encyclopedia.
Year of the Coal Miner Consortium
The When Coal Was King: Coal Mining in Western Canada
is a product of the Year of the Coal Miner Consortium. The
foundation of many communities in southern Alberta and
southeastern British Columbia is the coal that lies beneath the
prairie and mountain landscape. From Canmore to Drumheller to
Lethbridge to the Crowsnest Pass, coal has played, and continues
to play a fundamental role in the development of our region.
Coal is central to the communities and heritage institutions
participating in the Year of the Coal Miner initiative and it
unifies us through common experiences, economies and history.
In February 2002, representatives from mining museums,
historic sites and attractions, along with tourism organizations
gathered to discuss ways that they could promote greater
awareness and knowledge of the role coal mines, and coal miners
played in our communities and in our region. Out of these
discussions, plans for a major regional exhibition at the Galt
Museum and Archives, community events, a series of traveling
exhibits and touring performing art presentations, and a tourism
promotion strategy resulted.
Founding partners have contributed their knowledge, their
collections and coal mining stories. Founding partners in the
Year of the Coal Miner initiative include:
Galt Museum and Archives, Lethbridge
Galt No. 8 Mine Society, Lethbridge
• Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Crowsnest Pass
Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site, Crowsnest Pass
• Crowsnest Pass Ecomuseum Trust, Crowsnest Pass
Crowsnest Museum, Crowsnest Pass
Fernie Historical Society, Fernie
• Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre, Canmore
Atlas Mine National Historic Site, Drumheller
• Glenbow Museum, Calgary
• Chinook Country Tourist Association
• Museums Alberta
• Heritage Community Foundation