Fonds PR1732 - Helen Kropinak fonds

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Helen Kropinak fonds

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    • Copied 1988 (Creation)

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    5 negatives

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    Biographical history

    Helen Michalsky was born in 1925, the daughter of William and Victoria (Galicia) Michalsky. William came to Coleman, Alberta from Poland in 1913. The family moved from Coleman to a homestead in Sentinel, Alberta in 1930; Helen remained in Coleman to attend school. The family returned to Coleman in 1932.

    Helen married Albert Kropinak (1910-2000). They lived in Coleman, and then in Bothel, Washington until 1951. Afterward, they operated Kropinak's General Store in Coleman for fourteen years. Helen and Albert retired to a ranch near Sentinel, the homestead taken by William in 1929. Helen and Albert have two children: Monica (Primrose) and Dale.

    Helen died in 2010.

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    Helen Kropinak loaned the images to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of images mostly relating to Kropinak’s General Store, originally dating 1927 to 1972, and includes images of a parade in Coleman (1927), women in costume, a store, a store and employees and the Kropinak’s General Store truck.

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    Wendy de Candole of the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre allowed the records to be copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1988. The originals were returned to Wendy de Candole.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from Crowsnest and its people, available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.234 C886 and 971.234 C886 2000 and from the records. The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.15,931 through A.15,935.

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        Includes accession PR1988.0027.

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