Alberta Provincial Police Barracks - Coleman
CROWSNEST HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Alberta Provincial Police Barracks in Coleman, Alberta is the site of one of the most infamous events in Crowsnest Pass history. From 1916-1924 the introduction of prohibition kept both police and bootleggers busy and Crowsnest Pass was a hub of the illegal liquor trade. On September 22, 1922, Constable Stephen Lawson of the Alberta Provincial Police was fatally shot in front of the Barracks in which he lived and worked. The duo responsible, bootleggers Emilio Picarielllo and Florence "Filumena" Losandro, were convicted and hanged for the crime. It remains one of the most memorable (and controversial) events in Crowsnest Pass' tumultuous and colourful history. Did they do it? Should they have hanged? Was prohibition necessary? These issues and more to be explored in the upcoming exhibit.
Through the restoration of the APP Barracks building, the Crowsnest Museum hopes to bring this dramatic story to life and present the wider narratives of prohibition, policing, and crime in Crowsnest Pass.
We are looking for individual donations of $20 or more to complete our 7 exhibit rooms costing $5,000 each ($35,000 goal). Your support will go towards completing the exhibit expenses and all donations over $10.00 will be issued a tax receipt. Donors will also receive an invitation to attend a "Sneak Peek" of the exhibit before it opens.
The APP Barracks will open Canada Day weekend 2017 and we invite all community members, history buffs, and conspiracy theorists to learn the facts, the fictions, and the legacy of this historic building.