Federal funds for Pass Museum
Written by Melissa Villeneuve
The Crowsnest Historical Society received funds from the federal government to undertake a collections-management
project for the Crowsnest Museum and Archives.
The $4,176 in funding was provided through the Museums Assistance Program. It will help the society purchase
supplies and storage products to house and protect the Gushul Family Collection, a large and rare historical
photograph collection documenting southern prairie life from the mid-1920s onward.
The Gushul family opened a photography studio in Bush Town, Alta., in 1918, and a second studio in Blairmore
in 1921. They were well-known for their portrait work, and Thomas Gushul received many awards for his
photography, particularly for mine photography.
In addition to preserving the collection, the society will hold workshops for museum staff and heritage
organizations, and ensure long-term public access to museum artifacts.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by John Barlow, MP for Macleod. “This investment will support the
Crowsnest Museum and Archives as it continues to showcase an important part of southern Alberta’s remarkable
history. Thank you to the Crowsnest Historical Society for safeguarding these significant artifacts and ensuring
access for future generations,” said Barlow in a press release.