Two historic sites in East Coulee joined forces together to put on a very memorable event at a reduced cost.

The East Coulee School Museum and The Atlas Coal Mine held Retro Day on October 6th.

"We ran a really interesting and successful double admission rate this year. So it meant that people could buy their tickets at either the School Museum or the Atlas and get into both sites," explained Atlas Coal Mine Executive Director Dr. Sarah Newstead.

Each attraction ran tours as normal with a few added bonuses.

"Lots of people took part in the Retro Day Lunch, which we served a nice warm lunch for the cold day. It was great," explained Executive Director of the East Coulee School Museum, Barb Steeves.

While two attractions are close in distance they share a lot more in common by telling the stories of almost everyone who lived in the area during the coal boom.  

"The School Museum and the Atlas basically tell two sides of the same coins. The School Museum talks a lot about the social history, so the families and the women and the children. The Atlas talks about the coal miners and the jobs. So visitors actually get a really good perspective on what it was like living in the Drumheller Valley in the 20th century by going to both sites," concluded Newstead.

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