Emilio Picariello is a character who captures the imagination. His entrepreneurial spirit garnered him many successful legal businesses. The rising tide of Prohibition, meant that bootlegging was a natural progression of “Emperor Pick’s” acumen. However bootlegging put him on the wrong side of the law. After a failed sting operation set up by the Alberta…

In celebration of the Fernie Brewing Company’s Cheers to Charity Program here’s a quick look at the origins of brewing in Fernie. The Fernie Museum is the recipient of the proceeds of the Cheers program until February 13. Go have a paddle in the FBC tasting room, enjoy some awesome beer and support the Fernie…

Finding the smoking gun … A historian (and curator) wants lots and lots of archival material – documents, correspondence, newspaper accounts, diaries, journals, photographs, etc. – to consult so as to be able to tell a compelling story. The icing on the cake is if there are people, family members, peers and others, who may…

Chautauquas were held annually in Fernie from 1918 to the late 1920s. Chautauqua was a travelling institution begun at Chautauqua Lake, NY with roots in Canadian Methodist Temperance rallies.  Chautauquas carried education, inspiration and entertainment across North America. John M. Erickson brought the idea from the US to Alberta in 1917. He established Dominion Chautauquas (Canadian Chautauquas after…

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