CFCW’s Heritage Project is our new initiative to help preserve historical legacies in rural Alberta communities.
Our third project is the Prairie Bank of Commerce for the Village of Innisfree. Innisfree was actually called “Del Norte”, until the president of the Imperial Bank of Commerce, Sir Byron Edmund Walker, stopped in the village in 1905. He said it reminded him so much of his home in Ireland, Lake Isle of Innisfree, that if they renamed the town he’d build them the most beautiful bank on the prairie!
The bank stayed open for 90 years, but closed in 1996 when the community developed the Prairie Bank of Commerce Historical Museum. The bank needs a new coat of paint and it’s a very expensive project. The Village of Innisfree is hoping to raise enough money to repaint the bank and maintain this little piece of Alberta history!
You can mail a cheque to the Village of Innisfree, PO Box 69 Innisfree, AB T0B 2G0.
For more information call Deborah McMann 780-592-2116. Click HERE for more info on the Prairie Bank of Commerce Historical Museum.
Innisfree Fair Fundraiser
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Join CFCW for the mock bank robbery to “steal” funds towards the painting project!
If you have an initiative in your community, nominate it for the CFCW Heritage Project with the form below!