Centennial committee looks to community for mining photos | DrumhellerMail
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Centennial committee looks to community for mining photos


    History is shared by word of mouth, in monument and in texts. It is also shared through images.

    This year Drumheller is celebrating the centennial of coal mining. This industry gave birth to Drumheller as single men and families came from all over the world to work underground to better their lot in life.
    From this, the community grew. Families gathered over the weekends and holidays. They gathered in living rooms and ballfields, and in doing this, they took pictures, dozens of pictures, and many of them are currently in binders in basements or on shelves collecting dust.
    The Mining Centennial Planning Committee is asking residents to crack into their shoeboxes and albums and share their pictures with the community. The centennial of coal mining is not just what happened underground, but when the community worked and played, learned and laughed.
    On Saturday, February 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the community is hosting a community picture collection at Greentree Mall. They want to capture the days of mining through images families have captured over the years.
    They are not asking for possession of these precious photos, only to scan them. They will be scanning a copy while residents wait.
    The committee plans to share the photos with the public during centennial celebrations and for years to come.

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