The hundreds of photographs did not make it into print editions of the over-60-year-old newspaper.

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Alder Grove Heritage Society asks longtime residents to help identify moments from local history

Alder Grove Heritage Society (AGHS) asks longtime Aldergrove residents to help identify precious moments from the town’s history with their latest endeavour.

Volunteer with the AGHS telephone museum – June Speedy – sorted through thousands of archival photographs taken by Aldergrove Star photographers in 1996.

“Hopefully someone who sees the paper will be able to identify these people,” Speedy said.

The photographs did not make it into print editions of the over-60-year-old newspaper.

“We’re really asking the public: ‘Who are they?’,” Speedy said.

Photographs that stuck out from the bunch include one of an outhouse race, a horse and rider, town parade and group of young girls adorned for what Speedy said appears to be May Day celebrations.

“It was interesting. I looked through a lot of photos of the parade – and of happenings in areas all the way up to Bradner Road,” Speedy explained.

The 2019 photography contest, which gears up June 12 for an eventual exhibit at the Aldergrove Fair through July 19 to 21, is accepting up to 6 image submissions from each contestant to their museum on 271 Street.

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Five categories of the contest include: landmarks, events, animals, “tell a story” using a set of 3 or 4 (3×6) photographs and “then and now,” which should consist of two photos in the same Aldergrove location with dates etched on the back in pencil.

Pictures submitted should be from either 2018 or 2019 – with exception of the vintage inclusions – and taken within the Aldergrove boundary.

First place winner will receive a display easel valued at 100$. Second prize will win a black poster frame with plexiglass. The top-three of each category will be awarded with corresponding ribbons.

June Speedy began helping out AGHS last August. She has since helped organize and clear out various spaces within the museum including its crawl space and attic.

“It’s been a bit of a challenge but we’re slowly getting there,” Speedy finished.

The deadline for submissions to the contest is July 12.


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