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The Network - Background

In 1989 the Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Alberta Museums Association was held in Grande Prairie. The museums in northwestern Alberta participated in this very successful event and worked together over a period of several months. When it was all over, they decided it might be a good idea to continue communicating on a regular basis and to undertake some joint ventures that would be of benefit to all. On December 4, 1989 the group held its first meeting at Grande Prairie Museum and printed the first issue of a quarterly newsletter, which included meeting minutes and ideas and thoughts on what activities might be considered. Hence, the Spirit of the Peace (SOTP) was born in December, 1989.

The SOTP museums meet quarterly, at different museum locations throughout the vast region of the Peace. Museum representatives report on activities, vote concerns, request information and support each other as needed. In the last decade the meetings have also become somewhat of a clearinghouse. That is, Museums Alberta, Alberta Historical Resources, the Archives Society of Alberta, regional tourism associations, etc. have all brought speakers to the meetings.

The group continues to take on joint projects, such as the exciting new Digitization Project, with the Heritage Community Foundation. This is a significant milestone in the groups' evolution in successfully working together to share their vast collection with an ever-expanding public.

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