Heritage Park's 50th Anniversary Plans Unveiled

by Heritage Park Historical Village 

Plans for Heritage Park’s 50th Anniversary year were unveiled, and a new, temporary exhibit was officially opened on January 22 at a private event held in Heritage Park’s Gasoline Alley Museum. 

Guests gathered in the Museum’s main gallery for a presentation by Heritage Park’s President and CEO, Alida Visbach. The announcement outlined Heritage Park’s anniversary plans, which include the opening of three new exhibits, special events and activities planned throughout 2014. The evening included the official opening of the first exhibit, Cars of the Big and Small Screen. The exhibit pays tribute to the iconic movie and television cars from the past 50 years and features 10 vehicles on display, hands-on activities and matinee and evening movie screenings in the museum. The Cars of the Big & Small Screen exhibit will run until April 21. 

Future exhibit openings announced this evening include the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women set to open this June, and the River Forth Dining Car, a restored 1920s rail car that will open in August. The Park will be releasing a commemorative book this spring, opening a new playground and offering guests special celebrations on Canada Day, the Park’s official birthday, and Heritage Day.  

“Since 1964, Heritage Park has grown its collection; extended the timeframe of the history we share, and expanded upon its mission of Connecting people with the settlement of Western Canada,” says Alida Visbach. “The result is the Heritage Park you see today; a cherished part of this city’s cultural and tourism fabric, that holds a special place in the hearts and traditions of many people. This milestone anniversary is for the people, and deserving of a year-long celebration. After years of hard work and planning, we are delighted to finally share our plans for our big year with everyone here tonight.”  

About Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park Historical Village first opened its gates on July 1, 1964. Since opening its doors, the Park has grown into one of Calgary’s premier tourist attractions and one of North America’s largest and most successful living history museums. Throughout the year, guests have the opportunity to interact with nearly 100 years of history. Heritage Park’s exhibits span the early 1860s fur trade to the petroleum and automobile-dominated 1950s. It is the Park’s mission to preserve the history of the early West and to educate and entertain guests of all ages for many generations to come. Heritage Park Historical Village is a charitable institution governed by the Heritage Park Society.