DID YOU KNOW?
The Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is operated by the Fort Vermilion Heritage Committee - and they are a committee of the Fort Vermilion Agricultural Society. This means that the Fort Vermilion Agricultural Society is the legal governing body of the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre!
They have been faithful and generous in their support and we thank them for that!
Fort Vermilion is stunning in the summer, the majestic Peace River that looks very refreshing and vivid sunsets in the warm evenings are but two examples.
There is also an abundance of flowers throughout town and we would like to Thank Rustic Roots Greenhouse for their generosity in donating flowers to us! They have been most kind over the past number of years in helping us look our best!
Offering $1000 to local students and possibility of matching NADC grant for $1000!
Download the PDF below for more information and to apply!
Who We Are
Opened in 1995, the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is the nucleus of heritage preservation and conservation in the Fort Vermilion area. Boasting over 16,000 photos, 22,000 archives, 8000 objects and 2 heritage houses - there is much to explore! The history of the Fort Vermilion area is vast, fossils and bones ("Rocks Tell Tales" exhibit) are remnants of the pre-human history of the Fort Vermilion Area. "Weyiman Waskahikun Wehkohkewin (Fort Vermilion A Special Gathering Place)" is a tribute to the Dene Tha', Beaver and Cree nations. Agriculture, industry, and community events of days past compose our nuclear collection from the Fort Vermilion Experimental Farm (58° North and Farming).
"Boreal Beauty, Bounty and Balance" features the area's natural heritage. With these main exhibits, and a plethora of other displays and artifacts, the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is the premier historical resource in Mackenzie County.
Artifact of the Week!
Today is the international Day of education according to the United Nations; as such we have chosen this attendance ledger as our artifact of the week! Formal education in the Fort Vermilion area started with the St Henri Residential School (Catholic) and Irene training school (Anglican). This was followed by the public school system which included the one room country schools (Buttertown, Lambert Point, Stoney Point, Batts, Ponton, Fort Vermilion) and later St. Mary's separate school. This public system has modernized with time and provides education as we know it today. As you can see this ledger comes from the lambert point school - in which 9 students were enrolled (5 Bittman, 2 Wilson, and 2 Hassell) from grades 1-5. Eric Bask was the teacher and it is dated as the 51' -52' school year - making it 70 years old!
2002.226.97 / Campbell, Jean