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More artifacts expected at Reverend Forbes Homestead this summer

Reverend Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital are set to open for the summer season with a new flare. Curator Charles Taws explains that although the buildings will be the same as every year, some new accessories may change the vibe.

“We do have some antique furniture that will make its way into the house. I am meeting a lady this week to get a source of heritage fabric so we can get some vintage and period-correct curtains. We are also looking for carpet as well.”

On top of some new decor, the historic site will be the host for past-time activities.

“It is going to be what people used to do in the past. We are going show lawn games, horse shoes, and even things that they used to do inside. This would be like card games and board games.”

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There are opportunities for the public to enjoy two tea events this summer as well. A 90th anniversary tea event will be held for the Legion in early summer. In late summer, a tea event will be held for the late Agnes Forbes.

Agnes and her husband Reverend Alexander Forbes made their way to the area in 1911. The hospital was the first log structure built in Grande Prairie that same year.

“When [they] came here, they set up their house and the hospital. That was one of the first nucleus’ for the creation of the city of Grande Prairie. So if you want to see where the city started, that is the place you should go.”

The public can tour the buildings Sunday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. until Labour Day. Admission is free.

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