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Seeking the Story of Mission Beach
Rundle's Mission Historic Site
Thorsby , Alberta


   When the Reverend Dr.
Gerald Hutchinson moved to
Pigeon Lake in 1948, he asked
his neighbours, "Why is this
place called Mission Beach?"
When a satisfactory answer
wasn’t forthcoming, Dr.
Hutchinson spent years
researching the story of the
first mission west of the Red

River settlement. His
painstaking research led to
the designation of Rundle’s
Mission as a Provincial
Historic Site and a National
Historic Monument. In
September 2001, Dr.
Hutchinson received a
Lifetime Achievement award
from Museums Alberta for his

   This Community Memories
Exhibit is the story of
Rundle’s Mission, as told by
Dr. Hutchinson. The exhibit
consists of selected audio
passages with historic
photographs and narrative, as
well as recollections of more
recent developments along

Mission Beach. The Rundle’s
Mission Society has carefully
gathered 106 images and seven
storylines for this

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