Vulcan County Heritage Project

Vulcan County Municipal Heritage Project.

In 2011 the Vulcan Business Development Society in conjunction with Vulcan County successfully applied for matching funding to conduct a survey and inventory of historic places within our municipal borders (the funding was through the Provincial Government Program, the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program).

Heritage consultants Donald Luxton & Associates were contracted to carry out the survey and inventory with assistance from knowledgeable community members.  This project provides the basis to further recognize the potential value of the County’s heritage assets and aids in the recognition, conservation, and celebration of Vulcan County’s wealth of historic resources.

The project involved the addition of 100 sites to a Heritage Survey from areas throughout the county, using the criteria in Table 1. Twenty-one sites from the Heritage Survey were added to the Heritage Inventory, a higher level of heritage recognition within the community.  5 communities took part in this process, these being Vulcan County, the Town of Vulcan, and the Villages of Carmangay, Champion, and Milo.

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Heritage Survey –   Comprehensive database of historical buildings, sites, and structures. (100 sites)

Places of Interest List (POIL) –  List of the most significant heritage resources in a community (100 sites)

Heritage Inventory – List of evaluated heritage sites from POIL (21 sites) – Evaluated through Statements of Significance

 

Locale Survey Inventory
Town of Vulcan 14 4
Village of Champion 12 2
Village of Milo 12 2
Village of Carmangay 12 2
Vulcan County 50 11
Total Sites 100 21

Table 1:  2011 – 2012 Heritage Sites for Vulcan County

Donald Luxton & Associates worked with the Heritage Advisory Board and Vulcan Business Development Society (VBDS) staff, in a series of meetings to establish a consensus on value of heritage sites identified in Vulcan County.  The sites selected for the survey meet the provincial criteria of historic and community value and architectural integrity.

The consultants conducted site visits to over 200 sites based on these criteria and recorded and photographed each site. Provincial Historic Survey sites (surveyed in the 1970s and 1980s) were located and site forms updated as to their integrity. Community stakeholders, identified by the HAB and County Staff were consulted for tours of communities to ensure that every area in the county was represented.

The results were presented to the Heritage Advisory Board (HAB) through several meetings and the list was narrowed down based on final selection by the committee and the Consultant. The consultant presented the results of this survey to the public in two Open Houses (October 19 and December 6, 2012).

The Consultant also developed a Thematic Framework and Community Context Paper with the Heritage Advisory Board and VBDS Staff. Historical themes express ideas about movements, events, or ideas that have led to the breadth of historic resources visible in a region. Identifying historic themes in a region enables a community to articulate its unique heritage values and identify historic resources based on these values.

The following 13 themes were generated through the research process and vetted through discussions with the HAB. Twenty-one sites were selected from the Heritage Survey for the Heritage Inventory that represent the themes below. These sites represent a cross-section of the top tier of historic resources in Vulcan County and would be eligible for Municipal Historic Designation and opportunities for funding from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation

THEME HERITAGE INVENTORY SITES (21 TOTAL)
First Nations in Vulcan County
Settling the Badlands

Anastasia Barn, Shouldice

Grange Hotel, Carmangay

Savoy Hotel, Champion

Scotia Bank, Milo

Milo Hotel, Milo

King’s Residence, Vulcan

Vulcan Hotel, Vulcan

Ranching and Ranching and Farming in Vulcan

County

Stone House, Carmangay Rural

Elevator Row, Mossleigh

CPR Barn Complex, Rural Vulcan

Natural Resource Development on the

Prairies

Community, Spirituality and the Cultural

Landscape in Vulcan County

School / Hall, Kirkcaldy

Queenstown Hall, Queenstown

Connection to Communities

Hearnleigh Post Office, Rural Northwest

Advocate Building, Vulcan

Prairie Ingenuity: Technology and

Engineering

CPR Railway Trestle, Carmangay Rural

Dry Ditch, Rural Southeast

Network of Education Liberty School, Rural Northwest
Law &Protection Volunteer Fire Brigade Building, Carmangay
Health & Welfare
Imported Architecture and Local Trades

Bank of Commerce, Champion

Bank of Hamilton, Vulcan

King’s Residence, Vulcan

Sports & Recreation
Connection to the Stars RCAF Station, Vulcan

Community Support

Overall, the program has generated a positive response from the community and the property owners contacted by the Consultant were interested in participating in the program and pursuing further opportunities for designation and funding. Local heritage stakeholders were a key element to the overall success of this program for identifying important sites and historical information.

Final Steps

Vulcan County, the Town of Vulcan and the Village of Champion moved forward on this project with a further grant application for funding to do a Heritage Management Plan (HMP).  This HMP was completed in 2014 with the Town of Vulcan and Vulcan County adopting it, the Village of Champion to follow shortly.

Heritage Management Plan

Vulcan County has a wealth of intact historic resources that provide the community with a sense of pride and serve as touchstones to the past.

A Heritage Management Plan provides the framework for decision-making to help to retain, restore, maintain and celebrate historic buildings, landscapes and structures in the community. Having a plan in place is one of the most compelling ways to respect our past and enrich the present and future.

The following goals, and their supporting Strategies, will provide a renewed focus for Vulcan County’s Heritage Management Program, and will align with ongoing planning documents and initiatives:

GOAL 1: GROW AND SUSTAIN HERITAGE PROGRAM IN VULCAN COUNTY
GOAL 2: PRESERVE AND PROTECT HERITAGE IN VULACN COUNTY
GOAL 3: DEVELOP INCENTIVES AND A HERITAGE TRUST FOR PROTECTED HISTORIC RESOURCES IN VULCAN COUNTY
GOAL 4: TIE HERITAGE TO TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
GOAL 5: EDUCATE AND ENGAGE PUBLIC ABOUT HISTORIC RESOURCES AND HISTORY IN AREA
GOAL 6: DEVELOP PARNERSHIPS TO FURTHER HERITAGE CONSERVATION
GOAL 7: CREATE, SUPPORT AND PROMOTE A NETWORK OF MUSEUMS, HISTORIC SITES, AND HERITAGE AREAS IN VULCAN COUNTY

If you are interested in being a volunteer member of the Heritage Advisory Committee and have knowledge of history of the Vulcan County area, contact Liza Dawber on 403-485-3130 or grants@vulcancounty.ab.ca

If you wish to visit any of Vulcan County’s historical sites. Please be respectful and remember that these properties are privately owned.  Ensure you have the permission of the property owner before visiting the properties and/or taking photographs.

Thematic Framework
Heritage Survey
Management Plan