Academic journal article Alberta History

Duhamel Historical Society

Academic journal article Alberta History

Duhamel Historical Society

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On June 10, Verdun School was designated a Provincial Historic resource. This was the culmination of two years of restoration by the community with financial assistance from Provincial lotteries and Alberta Historic Resources. A tree was planted by four former students on the site. In 2002, the 100th Anniversary of the Verdun School is planned.

On July 22, 2001, a monument with plaque was unveiled to commemorate the crossing of the Battle River by Peter Fidler in 1792. He traveled from Buckingham House near the present day Elk Point to the area near Pincher Creek in an attempt by the Hudson Bay Company to trade with the Peigans. The unveiling was done by Joe Fidler a direct descendant of Peter. The evening closed with a bonfire beside the Battle River, old time fiddle and banjo music, yodeling, and buffalo burgers and bannock was served to over a hundred guests.

It is ironic that on August 16,2001, a cairn was unveiled at Bodsover, England to honour the life of Peter Fidler who was born there in 1769. Larry Fidler, a great, great grandson journeyed from Richmond, BC to take part in the ceremonies. …

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