Fort Whoop-Up dispute in Lethbridge means new operator for 2016

Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge isn't quite what it used to be, and will be under new management in 2016.

Interpretive society pulled its artifacts from site and did not submit an application to operate facility

The Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society packed up 10,000 artifacts and put them into storage. It says relations with the City of Lethbridge have been rocky for years and decided not to submit a proposal to continue running the facility. (Allison Dempster/CBC)

Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge isn't quite what it used to be, and will be under new management in 2016.

The replica historical site has been the centre of a dust-up between the city and the historical society which has run the attraction for over 40 years. 

After removing 10,000 artifacts which it owns, the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society decided not to submit a proposal to run the centre in a bidding process initiated by the city.

It was the search for proposals to operate the fort which soured relations between the city and the society.

A total of six applicants did toss their hats into the ring, including the Galt Museum & Archives, an historical facility located in Lethbridge. 

A decision on the new operator is expected in the next few weeks, and while the Interpretive Society says it's willing to work with a new operator at the replica fort, for now its artifacts will remain in storage.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said it was a city of Lethbridge spokesperson who said the city encouraged the Galt Museum to apply to run Fort Whoop-Up. It was a Galt Museum spokesperson who made that statement.
    Jan 03, 2016 2:32 PM MT

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