“A Tradition Since 1887 - A Legacy for the Future”
Preserving our History
Most would agree that the MHE&S has a rich history. Its Vision Statement clearly speaks to that, “A Tradition Since 1887-A Legacy for the Future” The problem is that few people up until now were aware of it. Apart from the effort of George Willcocks with the publication in 1996 of the book, “A History of the Exhibition and Stampede in Medicine Hat”, very little had been done to document and preserve the cultural history of the organization in any meaningful and effective manner. A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, esthetic and economic legacy. History is not obscure or unimportant.
History does matter.
Why is our history important?
For most people, history starts with simply learning about our own family and their roots. There has always been a general appeal to nostalgic images and historical family photographs and family information detailing milestone events. Creating a family tree or pedigrees is a common pastime. It creates a sense of belonging and evokes pride in our own heritage. The advent of genealogy websites on the Internet and the recent proliferation of DNA testing is today the second largest traffic item on the “net”. Family history is very important.
Preserving the history of an organization is just as important. It’s about capturing and preserving the “organizational memory” of the company as a means of promoting its corporate legacy, reinforcing it unique brand and enhancing and strengthening the strategic objectives of the organization. It establishes its roots, creates an identity and enhances pride in its accomplishments.
It becomes a valuable marketing tool.
It assists the organization in maintaining “true” to our mission and values.
History is important.
Heritage Management and Organizational Memory Strategy
Creating a heritage management and organizational memory strategy is all about preserving the enterprise knowledge, “that body of knowledge, past, present and future which is necessary to the achieve the strategic objective of the organization.” Enabled by technology, supported by the leadership and being committed to a sustainable economical and resource framework, a corporation can reap huge benefits. It’s about sharing the organizational knowledge for the benefit of both internal and external stakeholders in a meaningful way that enhances the long-term objectives of the organization and creates pride within the organization.
Creating an organizational memory and heritage management strategy reflects a company’s culture, its current role and its vision for the future and most importantly, places in historical perspective its relevance to the community it serves.
The goal should be to chronicle the historical record of the corporation in an engaging way that speaks to the energy and excitement of its corporate objectives, mission and values to an array of current and future audiences. The goal is to reach new audiences through new inter-disciplinary approaches and to fill the gaps from the traditional documentary record based approach.
What is really valuable from the standpoint of the MHE&S is how its history, which is part of its Brand, makes us standout in our community. It is our most unique asset. Our history, which creates authenticity to our Brand, allows us to leverage our legacy and heritage into the future.
It generates added value by creating greater public awareness, strengthens consumer loyalty and attracts new customers.
“A Tradition Since 1887-A Legacy for the Future”
The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Company has an impressive history and it is a story, which should be told. This is a unique asset and it one which should be fostered, encouraged and promoted in an effective and meaningful way.
Recognizing the importance of the history of the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede and desirous of preserving its history and creating and maintaining an Organizational Memory and Heritage Management Strategy, the Board of Directors established a Historical and Heritage Resource Management Committee (May 2018) with its stated objective to preserve and enhance
To that end, this historical portal on its website was launched with the goal of reaching out and informing as many as possible about the rich history of the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede and to help carry on the tradition and build and preserve a legacy for the future.
We hope you enjoy the adventure, after all…..history is important!
William J Anhorn
Chairman, Historical and Heritage Resource Management Committee
Medicine at Exhibition and Stampede Company
Medicine Hat, Alberta
May 17th, 2018