The City of Lethbridge is pleased to announce that the Galt Museum and Archives will become the operator of Fort Whoop-Up when the facility reopens this spring. Fort Whoop-Up is an integral part of the local landscape, and this new agreement with the Galt Museum will help keep this vibrant history alive.
The City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation of Fort Whoop-Up in fall 2015. This procurement process was open to any prospective service providers who could meet the outlined requirements. After the completion of the RFP process, the Galt Museum was the highest evaluated proponent. The City will now enter negotiations with the Galt Museum to establish a five-year memorandum of agreement for the operation of Fort Whoop-Up.
“We are excited to be working with the Galt Museum and Archives,” says Bary Beck, director of Community Services for the City of Lethbridge. “Through the RFP and evaluation process, they demonstrated a high level of expertise and experience that will be a valuable asset to Fort Whoop-Up.”
The operation and programming of Fort Whoop-Up aligns with the Galt Museum’s mandate to engage and educate communities in the human history of Southwestern Alberta. The museum is committed to preserving and sharing collections, stories and memories that define our collective identity and guide our future.
The Galt has a strong relationship with the indigenous community which is vital to the success of Fort Whoop-Up. They also have extensive experience, expertise and connections within the museum world that can enhance the offerings provided at Fort Whoop-Up.
In preparing for a potential transition of service providers, the City completed a comprehensive inventory of display items at Fort Whoop-Up last fall, identifying and storing those which are City owned to be used in future displays.
The new agreement will address operational issues as well as a defined process for the management of donations and archival materials, in particular any assets that are acquired as well as how they are managed. The City’s agreement with the previous operator ended December 31, 2015.