Although we have various sources of revenue such as gift shop sales, student employment grants, entry fees and fundraising events we still need community support to help us make ends meet.
Last summer we started work on developing a series of Day Camps for children. These camps are based on the environment and the sciences involved at the Site such as botany, archaeology, astronomy and have connections to the local community as resources.
Last summer we had one "kid tested" day completed as well as a storytelling segment in the form of a puppeteering workshop. Although we will be charging fees for this and hopefully it will eventually pay for itself, we will need funds to purchase materials and help cover costs until it gets established.
Ultimately we would like to have a three day overnight camping Day Camp with a French speaking version as well.
The working title for this project is: Earth, Air, Sky Water: Environmental Elements
The Historic Site has recently built Highwater House, a building with kitchen facilities that can be used for events of about 40 people. This building is nestled in the trees overlooking the North Saskatchewan River. We need a set of dishes, cutlery and cookware to use for food events at the Historic Site.
The site has also received a canoe display that was part of an exhibit at Banff. It is to be used as a photo opportunity for visitors who can photograph themselves in the canoe racing down the river with voyageurs. This was formerly an indoor exhibit but needs to be turned into an outdoor exhibit because there is not enough indoor space at the Site to house it. An open front shed similar to a calf shed would work well for this.
This summer we will begin showing our new and improved puppet show. This show is presented free of charge to visitors at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site on weekends, starting on the long weekend in May, and five days a week throughout the summer. It tells the story of explorer, mapmaker and fur trader David Thompson in a lively and entertaining way.
It costs us about $3000 a summer to offer this program for performers salaries and repairs. We are looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of the performances.
We are part of a committee which organizes the Rocky Mountain House and District Canada Day Celebration. Every year we have events and activities for the whole family at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. During the day we have demonstrations, races, face painting, and musical performances. There is a colourful ceremony in the afternoon. Birthday Cake is then served.
In the evening there is a musical performance with music for the whole family. The evening performance is capped with a display of Fireworks.
We get funding for this from Clearwater County, The town of Rocky Mountain House and Celebrate Canada; however we also need sponsors and donors for the programs and activities as well. Since Canada Day is operated under the umbrella of the Confluence Heritage Society, we are able to offer charitable receipts to any sponsors and donors who wish them.
For the past several years we have planted and cared for a Historic Garden in the Play Fort. In addition to having the regular garden it would be interesting to have a section with native plants showing how they were used by the aboriginal people, complete with interpretive signage. This still requires some planning with Parks staff as it could be used for interpretive programs as well.
An easy-to-put-up and take-down shelter near the Visitor Centre (a tent?)
What with the increasing number of visiting seniors groups or school groups who often stay for lunch it would be helful to have some sort of temporary shelter in case of rain or sun.
The plan here is to acquire costumes and photographic equipment which could be used to take photos of visitors in costume which they could then purchase as a souvenir.
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