Morrin History Book Committee, with help from grant funding from the Government of Alberta, has published Blooming Prairies II, the latest history book for the village and surrounding area, which encompasses local stories and histories from 1970 to present.
The book was scheduled to be distributed at the Morrin Centennial Homecoming, but the village’s 100 year celebration had to be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We had many community members pitch in and help procure information, write stories, and proofread. Thanks to everyone in the community for their stories and help,” Melanie Nelson, history book director, told the Mail.
The Morrin History Book Committee began with 10 members under the Morrin Agricultural Society.
In March 2020 the Morrin Agricultural Society was awarded with grant funding as part of the Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women’s Community Initiatives Program. These funds assisted the committee with the cost of publishing.
Work on the book began in November 2016 and Nelson said the entire process, from start to finish, took three and a half years.
Following the first day of sales, Drumheller-Stettler MLA Nate Horner was presented with a copy of Blooming Prairies II by Morrin Agricultural Society president Sheldon Harvey, and members of the Morrin History Book Committee for his part in helping with the grant funding.
In total 680 copies of Blooming Prairies II were printed, and those interested can request a copy through the Morrin Centennial website; Blooming Prairies, which covers the village’s first 50 years, is also available for purchase.