Galt Museum chosen to run Fort Whoop-Up

Following a dust-up between the City of Lethbridge and the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society, Lethbridge has chosen the Galt Museum to run the tourist attraction.

Move follows a conflict between City of Lethbridge and the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society

The Galt Museum has been chosen to run the Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site following a dispute between the City of Lethbridge and the former operators of the site. (Allison Dempster/CBC)

Lethbridge's Fort Whoop-Up has a new operator.

The City of Lethbridge has chosen the Galt Museum to run the tourist attraction.

The move comes after a dust-up between the city and the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society, which ran the National Historic Site for more than 40 years.

The organization left the fort in December — and took about 10,000 artifacts with it. It packed up about 90 per cent of the collection, including Blackfoot headdresses, cast-iron frontier kitchenware, 200 Hudson's Bay Company blankets, a collection of firearms and 700 baseball-sized cannon balls.

Following a dispute with the city of Lethbridge, the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society packed up about 10,000 artifacts and put them into storage. (Allison Dempster/CBC)

The historic society says its relationship with the city started deteriorating, after flooding in 2012 left the fort with some cash flow problems.

The Galt Museum, which is the largest museum in Alberta south of Calgary, will reopen the fort in the spring.

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