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Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum. A shift in leadership rhetoric and ideas, it may be argued, could serve to better connect and familiarize residents to the geographic and social reality of their area. The priorities and intentions of former actors, such as the 1950s dinosaur lobbyists and boosters, are no longer easily recognized by residents.

Images: Adam Roy. Royal Tyrell Museum .Drumheller, AB

What feels like an external story now was thus partly invented and strongly embraced locally a long time ago. A reaffirmation amongst locals of the “dinosaur story� would allow them to connect the landscape amenities with the museum, and to see the downtown as a base for exploration, but also for the development of related activities and businesses designed to complement the museum by drawing on themes of prehistory, history, landscape, culture, and intellectual outdoor life. Connectivity is a keyword here. The forgetting of past actors and non-recognition of old local strategies contributes to the current population’s half-hearted response to potential opportunities for growth, marked by barely connected and half-recognized assets.

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