Twin Butte book launch proved to be pop­u­lar

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - BY HEATHER CAMERON

A party at the Com­mu­nity Hall in Twin Butte, Aug. 29 proved to be quite pop­u­lar.

The get-tgether was to cel­e­brate the launch a book ti­tled Greater Water­ton: A Con­ser­va­tion Legacy.

“The launch was well at­tended,” said Kass, one of the servers at the Twin Butte Coun­try Store. The St­pre hosted the event. “Drinks and food were pro­vided by the Twin Butte Coun­try Gen­eral Store. We served beef on a bun and a va­ri­ety of wine, beer, and ciders.”

“Over 100 peo­ple at­tended the launch. The book was launched in cel­e­bra­tion of its re­lease af­ter more than 2.5 years of work by many many in­di­vid­u­als and groups. It is a cel­e­bra­tion of com­mu­nity and place.”

Beth Towe, who was in­volved in the cre­ation of the book, says that the book was cre­ated by an en­sem­ble of 16 dif­fer­ent au­thors in­clud­ing award win­ning writ­ers, Fred Sten­son, Sid Marty, Char­lie Rus­sell, Chris Mor­ri­son, Kevin Van Tighem, and Har­vey Locke.

Other au­thors that con­trib­uted to the book were Wendy Ryan, Bruce Mor­ri­son, Brittany Wat­son, Don Bour­don, Larry Simp­son, Dave Shep­pard, and Beth Towe, with ex­cerpts from Andy Rus­sell.

Towe says that she was in­spired to in­volve her­self in the cre­ation of the book when she saw a photo of a high coun­try pack train by Bert Rig­gall that stopped her in her tracks. Towe says she felt like she was mag­i­cally trans­ported to the wild Rocky Moun­tains in Water­ton Lakes Na­tional Park.

“It was as­tound­ing to imag­ine horse travel across the steep slip­pery scree slope at 8,000 feet,” Towe said. “Show­cased in an his­toric pho­to­graph ex­hibit, one dra­matic im­age af­ter an­other was mes­mer­iz­ing. I was com­pelled that these ex­tra­or­di­nary images needed to be a book.”

Towe says that the book has al­ready been short-listed in its cat­e­gory at the Banff Moun­tain Film and Book Fes­ti­val and a gath­er­ing for it will be held in Banff in Early Novem­ber.

Towe also says that a series of speaker pre­sen­ta­tions from the book will be done dur­ing a tour of south­ern Al­berta later this year.

“The book is a com­pen­dium of fab­u­lous in­for­ma­tion and sto­ries, a, pho­to­graphic cof­fee ta­ble book about Water­ton and south­ern Al­berta, with over 300 pages,” Towe said.

“It has wide ap­peal to his­to­ri­ans, horse lovers, pho­tog­ra­phers, con­ser­va­tion­ists, lovers of Water­ton, and south­ern Al­berta.”

Rig­gall's early 1900’s pho­to­graphs, Towe says, have been de­clared a na­tional trea­sure be­cause they have cap­tured the land­scape and life­style of the era.

Towe has worked with the Bert Rig­gall En­vi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­tion and a sta­ble of out­stand­ing writ­ers to help the con­cept evolve from re­search into a com­pelling story.

“The pho­to­graphs and that story are of com­pas­sion and com­mit­ment,” Towe said. “Both the pho­to­graphs and story carry across gen­er­a­tions and pay homage the con­ser­va­tion of the re­gion, mak­ing the book one of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance.”

Pho­tos by Jarom Scott-Up­per­case Cre­ative Photo

Water­ton his­to­rian Ed­win Knox hosted the evening in Twin Butte.

More than 10 of the book au­thors were on site to sign books.

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