After 31 years at the helm, Fort Heritage Precinct curator Kris Nygren has retired.
Nygren felt now was the right time to retire and to make a change in her life but the memories and fondness of the museum will stick with her.
“I think in Fort Saskatchewan it’s important we preserve it’s history. It’s definitely got a fascinating history and I was privileged to be part of the team that was working to preserve it,” she noted.
Another highlight for Nygren was seeing the museum expand from just the village to include the warden’s house and the building of the North West Mounted Police.
"It was extremely gratifying and it’s just been a very challenging, but rewarding position.”
Her dedication of over three decades was the result of her love of the museum, history and those she worked with.
One piece of advice Nygren had for new curator was, “just to enjoy it. Open up and be part of the community and really get to know what a wonderful history we have.”
Her retirement plans include focusing on family and exploring her interests.
Nygren started as a tour guide for the Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society in October 1986, until completing the Museum Management program at the University of Victoria and management course from Alberta Museums Association. In 1987, she became the museum and historic site's first paid curator.
When management changed hands in 2007, Nygren continued her role as curator, working for the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
Her last official day was October 31.
The new curator is Trisha Carleton, who took over in mid-November.

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