Bezanson Community Blooms fonds. — 2006-2014. — 7.5 cm of textual records. — 1 photographs. — 24 negatives.
The Bezanson Community Blooms group was formed in 2003. Shortly thereafter the group started hosting botanical tours that visited different yards and garden locations around the Bezanson area. The Bezanson Community Blooms offered these tours from 2003 to 2006. In addition to community botanical tours, the group also planted flowers at the Bezanson Hamlet Sign, completed community garbage clean-ups, and created a “Gardening Tips” pamphlet that was periodically distributed to Bezanson mailboxes. The largest project undertaken by the Bezanson Community Blooms was the publication of their “Native Flowers, Shrubs & Trees of the Bezanson Townsite” booklet. The booklet consists of photographs and research completed by botanist Dr. Joan Snyder of the many native plants at the Old Bezanson Townsite. The research and photographs were compiled into booklet form by Irene Gitzel and Wanda Zenner, who were members of the Bezanson Community Blooms Committee, after the group received a grant from the Community Initiatives Program through the Alberta Lottery Fund. The booklet was released in August 2008 and sold at local businesses and heritage organizations around the Peace Region. In March 2014 the Bezanson Community Blooms group was officially disbanded and their financial accounts were closed.
Records in this fonds were collected by Irene Gitzel, member of the Bezanson Community Blooms Committee, and donated to the South Peace Regional Archives in March 2014.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains 7.5 cm of textual records, 24 negatives, and 1 photograph relating to the Bezanson Community Blooms group. It includes items from the groups correspondence and publications including “Native Flowers, Shrubs & Trees of the Bezanson Townsite,” reference materials from the 2008 Grande Prairie Regional Heritage Symposium, newspaper clippings, application sheets for the Prairie Shelterbelt Program, information on their Alberta Lottery Fund grant, and many financial records.
Arrangement: Order was imposed by the archivist to follow a loose organization that was put in place by the donors. Titles were determined based on the content of the records. Duplicate documents were removed from this fonds.
Table of Contents
|Grande Prairie Regional Heritage Symposium
|Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Prairie Shelterbelt Program
|Alberta Lottery Fund
|Correspondence. — 2007-2013.
This series contains 0.25 cm of correspondence from the Bezanson Community Blooms group. Most of the correspondence in this series are letters sent by the group to local and provincial politicians, municipalities, and community organizations in search of funding to create their “Native Flowers, Shrubs & Trees of the Bezanson Townsite” publication. This series also includes one email from Wanda Zenner, who was part of the official Communities in Bloom Committee, that outlines the history and projects of the Bezanson Community Blooms group.
|Publications. — 2006-2011.
This series contains two copies of the Bezanson Community Blooms booklet “Native Flowers, Shrubs & Trees of the Bezanson Townsite,” as well as order forms, flyers, and advertisements for the booklet. Also included is a list of mailing addresses for the municipalities and heritage organizations that received copies of the booklet. Additionally, this series includes copies of the Bezanson Community Blooms “Gardening Tips” informational pamphlet, as well as other pamphlets created by the group.
|Grande Prairie Regional Heritage Symposium. — Oct. 3-4, 2008.
This series contains reference material from the October 3-4, 2008 Grande Prairie Regional Heritage Symposium. It includes an assortment of business cards and pamphlets from heritage organizations such as: the Grande Prairie and District Alberta Genealogical Society, the Historical Society of Alberta, the South Peace Regional Archives, the Archives Society of Alberta, the Edmonton and District Historical Society, the Queen Alexandra History Centre, and the Heritage Collaborative Inc..
|Media. — 2008.
This series contains newspaper clippings from a December 5, 2008 newspaper article about the Bezanson Community Blooms and their journey creating the “Native Flowers, Trees & Shrubs of the Bezanson Townsite” booklet. The article is broken into two sections, one section is written under the “Proudly Peace Full” column. The series also includes email correspondance between Irene Gitzel (Community Blooms Committee member) and Karen Goad (author of the article) about the article.
|Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Prairie Shelterbelt Program. — [200-?].
This series contains two textual records about Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Prairie Shelterbelt Program. One textual record is a partially filled out application form, the other is an information sheet about the program.
|Alberta Lottery Fund. — 2008-2010. — 0.75 cm of textual records.
This series contains 0.75 cm of textual records about the Alberta Lottery Fund grant program. It includes the Bezanson Community Blooms grant application for the Community Initiatives Program division of the Alberta Lottery Fund, a guide to the Alberta Lottery Fund, a quick facts sheet about the Community Initiatives Program, and correspondance about the grant.
|Financial Records. — 2008-2014. — 5.25 cm of textual records.
This series contains 5.25 cm of financial records from the Bezanson Community Blooms. The financial records include month end statements from 2008-2014 consisting of end of month balance sheets, income statements, and chequing account statements. This series also consists of invoices and receipts, account information, transaction records, and correspondence about the transfer of funds between accounts.
|Photographs. — [2007- 200-?]. — 1 photographs. — 24 negatives.
This series contains 24 negatives taken at various events that members of the Bezanson Community Blooms were involved with. Also included in this series is one photograph showing three members of the Bezanson Community Blooms receiving an award or certificate at the County of Grande Prairie Council Chambers.