Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Two Parks – Two Countries

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Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Slide 2 Two Parks Two Countries Slide 3 Waterton National Park -Canada Established on May 20 th 1895 140 square km ( 54 square miles) Since expanded to 525 square km ( 203 square miles) F.W. Godsall a Pincher Creek Rancher was instrumental in its establishment The park was named after the chain of lakes called Waterton Lakes named by Lieutenant Blakiston The first Park Superintendent was John George Kootenai Brown appointed In 1911 Slide 4 Waterton National Park -Canada Slide 5 Glacier National Park -USA Evidence of People living in the area dating Back 10,000 years ancestors of the Blackfeet Indians 1806 Lewis and Clark came within 50 miles of what is now the Park People started settling the area after completion of the Marias Pass used by the Great Northern Railway in 1891 In the 1890s tourism to the area began George Bird Grinnell and others began to push for creation of a National Park Initially it was made a Forest Preserve in 1900 but people continued to push for a park and in 1910 President Taft signed a bill making it the 10 th National Park in US Slide 6 Glacier National Park -USA Slide 7 The IDEA Over the years, Park rangers felt that the two Parks should somehow be joined In 1931, they were joined by others with the same idea Cardston and Butte Rotarians (including Tom Davis, future RI President) felt that the parks should be joined as a symbol of the friendship shared between Canada and the United States. In 1931 July 4 they convened a good will meeting of 100 Rotarians from Alberta and Montana Here, they decided to lobby both governments to establish a permanent International Peace Park Slide 8 Both sides began to lobby their prospective Governments By December 8, 1931 the House of Representatives had passed a bill to establish the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and was passed by the Senate April 25 th 1932 A similar bill was passed by the Canadian Government in 1932 Negotiations Slide 9 Success On June 18 th 1932 2000 people attended the dedication Ceremony at Glacier Park Montana USA Slide 10 Slide 11 Slide 12 The Assembly In 1935 The Great Falls Rotary club suggested that Rotarians from both sides hold a joint meeting This idea was embraced by the Canadian clubs and the first Assembly was held at Glacier Park on July 13 th and 14 th Included a golf tournament and a Saturday banquet with speakers Following this meeting the Assembly became an annual event Each country hosts the celebration in alternate years Slide 13 Dedication of Cairns 1947 Slide 14 Cairns on Chief Mountain Highway Slide 15 Hands across the Border, 1947 Slide 16 Slide 17 The Future Government There is an interest in expanding Waterton Park into the Flathead Valley in B.C. Proposal developed by Canadian parks group and timber company Jim Lopez, Vice President of Tembec, Inc.: "This has the potential to be a win/win solution. Slide 18 Waterton Lakes National Park Proposed Expansion www.peaceparkplus.net Slide 19 Rotary Rotarians on both side of the border are proposing the establishment of a Peace Garden at the Peigan/Carway border Also more recognition for Rotary at other sites: St Marys Interpretative centre Going to the Sun Road Centre Waterton Peace Park Pavilion Exhibit This has been proposed as a Centennial Project to celebrate 100 years of Rotary The Future Slide 20 Goat Haunt Slide 21 Peace Garden site Slide 22 WATERTON-GLACIER INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK 77TH ANNIVERSARY ASSEMBLY SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2009 Waterton