The Fairmont Palliser Hotel is offering amnesty to people who have taken home more than memories from their visit to the historic building.

The Calgary landmark will celebrate its 100th anniversary in June and is organizing an exhibit of memorabilia to mark the occasion.

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To that end, the hotel is offering amnesty to anyone who returns items "borrowed" from its premises over the past century. 

Jacqueline Tyler, the communications manager for the hotel, said many people have already responded to the request. 

"It's been so beautiful to get the surprises at the front desk," she said.

"The unmarked envelopes have been arriving, special notes from people feeling a sense of remorse, wanting to return items that they may not have known where they come from," said Tyler.

Bird gargoyle

The bird gargoyle on the mantle of the Rimrock Dining room in 1997. (Palliser Hotel)

Returned items include a silver tea service and ice tongs, a pastel drawing and a letter from U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

However, Tyler said the hotel is hoping to recover one item in particular — a goose-shaped gargoyle that used to grace the fireplace in the Rimrock dining room. Tyler said it disappeared from the hotel in 1997. 

Whoever returns the gargoyle gets more than amnesty. The hotel is offering a deluxe weekend stay in exchange for the safe return of the statue.

Roosevelt Letter

A letter from Eleanor Roosevelt is among the memorabilia collected for the June centennial exhibit. (Palliser Hotel)

Serving spoons

A note accompanying silverware returned to the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. (Palliser Hotel)