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Collection C0162 - Lorene Anne Frere's St. Ann Ranch Research collection

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Lorene Anne Frere's St. Ann Ranch Research collection


  • Compiled 1974-1992 (originally created 1904-1992]) (Creation)

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36 cm of textual records. -- 436 photographs

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Biographical history

Lorene Frere and her husband Louis Frere bought the St. Ann Ranch at Trochu, Alberta in 1971 from Louis' grandparents, Martha and Ernest Frere, who had bought the site from Edgar Papillard in 1931. Lorene did research on the history of the ranch and the town of Trochu, initially for a local history book, and later to have the St. Ann Ranch designated as an historic site and to develop the ranch house as a bed and breakfast and teahouse.


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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Lorene Anne Frere, 1974-2000.

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The collection consists of drafts of St. Ann Ranch Book I and Book II; research material and copies of photographs relating to the St. Ann Ranch Trading Co. and the history of Trochu, Alberta; feasibility study and publicity relating to the designations of the St. Ann Ranch as an historic site and development of a bed and breakfast and teahouse; biographical information on Louis and Lorene Frere.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is predominantly in English, with a small portion in French.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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The St. Ann Ranch fonds (including business papers and diaries of ranch activities) is also held by Glenbow.

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Link added to Archives Photographs on April 19, 2018.


NA-5184 (in M-8769 box 3)

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