February 18, 2016 3:26 pm
Updated: February 18, 2016 3:37 pm

Galt Museum chosen to run Fort Whoop-Up

An exhibit at Fort Whoop-Up, which will re-open in spring 2016 under a new operator, the Galt Museum.

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Lethbridge, AB  — Fort Whoop-Up will re-open this spring under the new management of its neighbouring historic local site, the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives, perched above it at the top of the coulees.

The City of Lethbridge made the announcement Thursday.

“We are excited to be working with the Galt Museum and Archives,” Bary Beck, director of community services for the city, said in a media release.

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“Through the (Request for Proposals ) and evaluation process, (the Galt Museum) demonstrated a high level of expertise and experience that will be a valuable asset to Fort Whoop-Up,” Beck added.

The museum was chosen to run the national historic site for the next five years, after the RFP was issued last fall.

In the release, the city said the Galt’s mandate to engage and educate communities about the history of southern Alberta aligns well with Fort Whoop-Up’s.

The museum’s strong relationship with the local indigenous community – considered vital to the success of Fort Whoop-Up — was also seen as an advantage.

The city said the new agreement between the Galt and Fort Whoop-Up will address operational issues as well as a defined process for the management of donations and archival materials, in particular any assets that are acquired as well as how they are managed.

The City’s agreement with the previous operator ended Dec. 31, 2015.

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