OLDE TOWNE BEVERLY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

INCORPORATED JUNE 30, 2005

Beverly

“To preserve the history of Beverly, using it to educate its citizens and build community.”

BEVERLY HISTORY CENTRE

10906 40 Street

For two years, in anticipation of the Beverly Centennial in 2014, members of the Olde Towne Beverly Historical Society have been bringing stories and artifacts to the six elementary and two junior high schools in the Beverly area.

Built on the coal mining and agricultural industries, Beverly has a rich pioneering history. The artifacts brought into the schools are the everyday tools of coal miners, homemakers and students. None require electricity, all have stories. Children learn how to make butter, whip cream, and weave. One of their favourite activities is washing clothes using a scrub board and wringer.

Although the community sits on huge seams of coal, very few residents have touched, smelled or burned coal. The school historic programs allow them that opportunity. It connects them with the people who built and worked in their community.

To give more students, seniors and the general community access, the Beverly historical society has opened an interpretive centre at 10906 40 Street. The centre is set up to showcase the work and lifestyles of the 1930s era. Visitors can see and be part of life in earlier times. The activities that captured students in the classroom are given context at the centre. They can better see how their own family may have lived and worked in Beverly more than 80 years ago. Added to the program at the interpretive centre will be skills such as weaving, working with coal and eventually, food production.

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BEVERLY HISTORY CENTRE HOURS

 2nd weekend of each month July through August

Saturday June 14 & Sunday June 15 - Open 11 am to 3 pm

July 7,8 and 9 - Noon to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm

Photo courtesy of Lorna Dancey Photography