The Museum Initiator

Even a wonderful setting isn't enough to create a historic railway display the likes of which can be found in Cranbrook. For that, you need drive and devotion, the kind brought by Garry Anderson, who has sparked the development of railway spirit in this relatively small city.

Cranbrook Post Office in 1912Anderson's studies of ancient Egypt inspired him to obtain his degree in architecture at the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a thesis involving Cranbrook's downtown "cityscape" potential; this potential included heritage landmark features for preservation. Thanks to this identified need to actively preserve important structures, Anderson was able to gather together a core of interested citizens who in 1976 created the Cranbrook Archives, Museum, and Landmark Foundation (CAMAL), of which he was president from 1976 to 1979, and has been executive director since.

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