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Winter Gazette 2013

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Whyte Museum republishes vintage book by Suzan Chamney E arlier this year Elizabeth Kundert-Cameron, Library and Reference Service Manager for the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, approached the Club with the museum's proposed plan to republish The Animals' Alpine Club, a very rare book in the Alpine Club of Canada's library collection. A few years ago, the book had been identified as requiring conservation work and while it was taken apart and being expertly restored by Dixie Lee Kenny and Renée Schleussing of Ghost Lake Book-Art in Alberta, the Whyte Museum took the opportunity to have their Photographic Services department digitalize the book with high resolution scans. A copy of the book, reprinted on durable vinyl for the museum's Gateway to the Rockies exhibit, proved to be very popular with all age groups and there were numerous requests to purchase a copy. This fall, The Animals' Alpine Club was republished by the Whyte Museum with support from the ACC's Mountain Culture Committee. This delightful 56‑page children's picture book, originally bleu clair portant le logo du CAC; nous pensions que cela suffirait, mais en moins de 20 minutes les gens se sont mis à demander où ils pouvaient s'en procurer d'autres, parce qu'il n'y en avait plus. Nous avons reçu l'aide de partici‑ pants de tous les niveaux. Certains des grimpeurs les plus expérimentés de Terre-Neuve ont mis l'escalade de côté pour la journée afin d'aider à assurer les participants, donner des ateliers, ou tout simplement s'occuper du barbecue. Quand aux nouveaux venus, certains d'entre eux ont consacré la moitié leur première journée d'escalade extérieure à s'occuper de l'inscription. Ainsi, comme toujours en matière d'escalade, le fes‑ tival s'est avéré une affaire d'équipe, une occasion de réunir pour une journée non seulement des équipes de deux personnes, mais aussi une grande équipe qui réunis‑ sait toute notre communauté. Beth Spencer est un fier membre de la Section Terre-Neuve et Labrador du CAC. published in London circa 1910, was Conrad Kain's—the ACC's first profes‑ sional mountain guide—favourite book in the Alpine Club of Canada Library. As a direct copy of the original, it includes the ACC library book plate on the front endpaper and occasional imperfections. It is available through the ACC online store. Suzan Chamney is the ACC's Publications Manager. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK-YOU TO THE ACMG. PROUD PARTNERS SINCE 1965 WWW.CMHSKI.COM Club alpin du Canada Gazette hiver 2013  25

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