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Ed Talk – Lost Cranbrook: Memories of the Post Office 50 Years After its Demolition
August 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please note that this event is no longer taking place on July 21st. It has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. It will now take place on Wednesday August 4th, 2021 from 7:00-8:00PM MT.
On July 6th, 1971 Cranbrook’s historic post office was demolished after 58 years standing as an architectural highlight on Baker Street. This July, 50 years later, we invite local historian and Cranbrookian, Jim Cameron, to share the history of the 1913 post office and how its demolition came to be. Jim Cameron will be presenting his talk in our historic Royal Alexandra Hall, the first in-person public program that we will be hosting following the province’s reopening.
An Introduction to the Post Office History: In 1908, the dominion government announced the purchase of three vacant city lots on the corner of Baker Street and Hanson Avenue, to serve as the site of a Dominion Post Office and Customs building. The plans for the structure gained immediate approval among the people Cranbrook, not least for its handsome appearance but also for its importance in the establishment of the city as a district centre. The Post Office, perhaps the most admired and photographed building in Cranbrook over the years, opened in 1913, and served the city well until a warm July day in 1971, when, in a great cloud of dust and disbelief, it completely disappeared.
More About Our Presenter:
Jim Cameron was born and raised in Cranbrook, B.C., where his family roots go back well over a century. A professional musician, artist and author, he has dedicated a great deal of time and research to local Cranbrook history. Writer of the popular and long-running newspaper column “Janus – Cranbrook Then and Now,” he has more recently authored two very successful history books: Cranbrook Then and Now – Volumes One and Two.
This event will be taking place in person at the Royal Alexandra Hall. For this reason, we are limiting our capacity to 50 registrations. If you register for the event and can no longer make it, please notify us so that we can make the seat available to a different attendee.
For those who are not comfortable attending the event in person, we will livestream the presentation on youtube. It will also be kept on our youtube page for those who want to re-visit or who are not available to attend the event.