The Beatty Heritage House in Rimbey, Alberta. (Photo courtesy of beattyheritagehouse.ca)

Beatty Heritage House 2021

It has been fairly quiet at the Beatty House this past year. Due to COVID-related regulations we have had no public events, few private bookings, and only several outdoor meetings over the course of 2021.

However quiet it may have seemed, there was some activity behind the scenes. Our very capable summer employee, Georgia Strethem, kept the House and Grounds neat, and repainted picnic tables; in addition to numerous other unnoticed, but necessary tasks around the place. Georgia also created a “miniprogram” on the history of the Beattys and the Rimbey they knew. This will be available for use in the coming summer season.

The new Little Book House, built and donated by Duane Adam of Rimbey, seems to be quite popular. The advice “Take a book; Leave a book” is working, as the little library is always full of books, while the titles keep changing.

In terms of conservation/maintenance of the Historic House, the bottom step at the front entrance (we believe it to be original) needed attention. Feeling its age of nearly a century, the dampness of its location next to the ground, and the impact of a colony of resident ants, it had to be replaced. The new step was installed – its finish will have to wait until Spring.

Our thanks to the Town of Rimbey for the grant our Society receives to assist in our efforts to maintain this provincially-designated Historic Resource. We appreciate the presence at our meetings of our “connection” with The Town, Councillor Lana Curle.

Thanks also to everyone who helped us out during the past year with monetary donations and/or volunteer work. Deserving special mention is the Rimbey 4-H Club, whose members (also parents and siblings) have for several years been clearing the snow off our portion of public sidewalk and our walkways up to the House. We are thankful too, to the Elf who plows the snow from our parking area.

Now here it is 2022! Stay tuned! In three years we will be celebrating the Beatty House’s !00th Birthday. In the meantime, we remind you that the parklike area around the House, is for public use and enjoyment. We do not promise Quiet – it is at a busy intersection – but the northwest area is very nice for picnics, outdoor visits and meetings, and for just sitting, with or without a lunch, a book, or a friend.

Florence Stemo – Secretary