The Friends of Rutherford House Society is a key player in the historical community offering volunteer opportunities, heritage research, educational opportunities, enhanced facility access, and stellar visitor services within the heritage gem of Edmonton. It operates the Private Bookings within the historic site and host various events, both of which allow the public to enjoy heritage in a very unique and intimate way.
Over the Friend of Rutherford House's long history of not-for-profit, heritage-based work, it has contributed in many ways to the preservation and operation of Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site. The restoration of the Delta Upsilon board room and exhibit area, the restoration of the maid’s quarters, the publication of several books, the purchase of items in the house, and financial support for the restoration of the Chancellor’s garden are all ways in which the Society has fulfilled its mandate and served the heritage community.
Alberta Culture is responsible for all programming and interpretation. Entertaining, well-researched and informative tours and programs are available (go to their website for details or call the museum staff at 780-427-3995).
The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the Friends of Rutherford House Society. Our Board of Directors are diverse in skill and interests. They commit their time, talents and energy to the Friends of Rutherford House Society. As a member of the board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.
President: Ashley Bhatia
Vice President: Brittany Ayotte
Treasurer: Arturo D’Elia
Secretary: Lauren LaBossiere
Directors: Jon Reay, Ellie McKown, Christopher White, Mohammed Rauf, Ashton Paulitsch & Ashlyn Milligan
The FORHS Board of Directors is accepting applications! For more information please see the Board Recruitment page.
In addition to our board members we have some wonderful committee members who put their talents to work on more specific projects.
Presently, we have a number of standing committees that can always use extra hands and extra heads.
The Events Committee is currently not chaired.
The Community Book Project Committee and Children’s Book Project Committee are chaired by Ashley Bhatia.
Committees are great places to assist our not-for-profit group and are open to all levels of experience and skill sets. Students are encouraged to apply.
If interested in joining a committee or for more information on our Board of Directors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our vision is for Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site to be widely recognized and appreciated for its historical and cultural significance and for the Friends of Rutherford House Society to inspire and enrich the community.
The mission of the Friends of Rutherford House Society is to create innovative opportunities for the public to enjoy Rutherford House and to engage with Alberta’s history. We believe that the past has something to tell the present. We aspire to make history fun, relevant and engaging.