Endiang cowboy poet Bryan Smith entertained at Kneehill Historical Society’s spring fundraising supper in Three Hills on Sat. April 7 at the Three Hills Community Center. The museum will use the funds to complete work on a re-purposed vintage building. ECA Review/D.Nadeau
Cowboy poetry, a live and silent auction, a chuck wagon stew, hot biscuit, and homemade pie dinner combined Sat. April 7 at the Three Hills Community Center to give a re-purposed town hall and school a nudge to the finish line.
The poetry and antics of Endiang’s Bryan Smith and more than 50 auction items were the climax of the Kneehill Historical Society’s help-the-old-school spring supper fundraiser.
In 2017, the society relocated the Town of Three Hills’ 1914-era town hall and schoolhouse to the museum facility on Hwy. 583, but the tired old structure needed TLC (tender loving care), extensive and expensive renovations and thousands of volunteer hours to get it looking like a school again.
The building, complete with bell tower, a real school bell and pull rope, has been renovated and re-purposed many times over its long life. It served the town as a school, police station, village and justice of the peace office, courthouse, library, and firefighter training facility.
In its new configuration, the building will have an old time classroom, plus storage and workshop facilities for museum work.
“You can’t help but be impressed when you see the building today,” said Kneehill Historical Society President Rosalie Lammle. “So much work has been done since we moved it on site and we will continue working on furnishings, electrical, and other considerations before it opens to the public.”