With all the generations residing in the valley, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has decided to put together a cross-generations program to find all the rich history hiding in the hills.

"We are trying to get volunteers together from the community, the younger community as well as the older generations, to put together a cross-generational program. People would have the opportunity to tell their stories of their families, how they became settled here in Drumheller and a bit on their family history," outlined FCSS Coordinator, April Harrison.

The cross-generations program will be looking towards what did the older generations did when they first came to the Drumheller Valley.

"Did they break the land, were they the first people to work the land here, did they work in the coal mine and which school did they go to? All that kind of information and stories that go with it of 'I remember a time when' or 'remember that store that's this now, it used to be this', that kind of information and stories."

Harrison added that they are also looking for IT savvy individuals to help build a website for the information to be posted onto.downtown streetPhoto submitted by Town of Drumheller. Photo from Reg Bennett.

This cross-generation program is part of Canada's 150 and FCSS isn't the only local group who has done this before.

"I know that the Atlas Coal Mine have done a similar project and we're looking on building on that by working with them too. You don't have to be really long in the tooth, you just have to know a little bit of your past. We're looking for those who are wanting to tell the stories," she noted. "The great thing about that is it will last and last and things won't be missed. We'll also be writing things down, keeping a record and it would be nice if we could do something where people can keep something at the end too if they participated."

Sessions would range from meeting two to three times a week for about an hour, but Harrison mentioned that can change depending on the volunteer interest.

If anyone is interested in taking part in the project, call April Harrison at 403-823-1315.

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