One of the greatest joys in my job is the opportunity to learn about new or foreign ideas and discover new or exotic things.
© Justin Crann
Roughly a month ago, I began work on a series of articles that are now unravelling in the Times-Herald’s weekend editions.
Titled History Restored, the series provides me with a rare opportunity: to both discover some of Moose Jaw’s oldest buildings and the purposes they’re being used for today; and then act as a tour guide in taking you — my readers — through those very same buildings.
Rather than discovering something new, I am exploring something old.
It presents a unique challenge, but is also — week in and week out — an exhilarating experience.
It is uniquely humbling to stand within a building through which many hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals have walked.
It is even more humbling when I take a moment to acknowledge how long the building I am standing in has stood.
In the past month I have had the privilege to investigate a trio of structures constructed more than a century ago.
That’s more than four times as long as I’ve been alive.
But, as enjoyable as this experience has been, I’m not just writing these pieces for myself.
I’m writing them in the hope that I inspire other Moose Javians to share in my sense of pride in this city’s rich history and enduring legacy, and the spirit of ingenuity shown in the repurposing of these structures.
I am happy to call this city, as rich in history as it is, home.
These structures are much more than just old buildings. They’re a part of this city’s past.
And, as I hope my series will continue to demonstrate — they will stand as a vital part of this city’s future, too.
Take pride in that fact, Moose Jaw. Not many cities have the opportunity.