Just over a century ago, populated seasonally by First Nations peoples, Fernie was a pristine wilderness. The region remained relatively untouched until the exploration of the Crowsnest Pass in 1873 by Michael Phillips. This discovery, and the sighting of outcroppings of coal, opened the region to the rest of the continent.
Join us to celebrate and commemorate this unique event in Fernie's history. A full weekend of activities on August 14 - 17 will explore the curse legend and its effects on the community over the years. Thursday evening artist Gwen MacGregor, granddaughter of Mayor James White who participated in the 1964 ceremony, will explore how the curse raising ceremony affected her family. Friday night will be a family street dance with the Kootenay Stringbenders. Saturday and Sunday will start with the play Ghostrider. A special presentation will be made by the Ktunaxa Dance Troupe Saturday afternoon at 130pm. All events are at the Fernie Museum and all events are FREE.
Mark this date for the first event in the Fernie Museum Speaker Series. Come and enjoy an evening of examining the Fernie Curse and its community implications with Gordon Sombrowski.