Earlier this month, a fire claimed a historic garage on the Osborne farm as well as one Airdrie man’s prized possessions. 

Todd Cunningham is a local picker and antique enthusiast who was renting out the triple car garage on the Osborne farm to house his Alberta antiques and artifacts.todd cunningham garage clean up june2018 credit todd cunninghamTodd Cunningham and other volunteers help clean up where a garage with his antiques used to be. (Photo Courtesy: Todd Cunningham)

Unfortunately, those items were lost following the fire that destroyed the garage on June 2nd.

“I lost a lot of Alberta history,” said Cunningham. “I’ve spent the last few years collecting and curating items from my acreages and farms all over this area and I was really happy to be able to store them on an Airdrie farm. I’ve lost a lot, we’ve lost a lot of that Alberta heritage.”

The support to help Cunningham and the Osborne family following the fire has helped make the recovery stage more bearable.

“The healing part of it in the last eight days has been the way that the community has responded to me, to the Osborne family. The authorities have been amazing, the Fire Department, the RCMP. While justice would give a little bit of consolation, I’m really just focusing on moving forward and continuing my passion.”

Cunningham’s next step is to find a new place to help rebuild his collection, and he’s already had tremendous support from other antique lovers.

“There’s kind of a subculture of the picking community that I’ve been immersed in for some time. People were giving me pieces, giving me artifacts that they have, the type of thing they know that I enjoy to get my collection going again.”

While Cunningham’s antiques were destroyed in the fire, he is finding a way to literally bring them out of the ashes.

“I’m looking at everything that’s burnt and charred that I have in my possession now and I’m going to make some incredible pieces, some incredible art that now has two stories.”

 

LISTEN:

 

READ MORE:

Airdrie Family Loses A Part Of Their History In A Fire

 

Questions, comments or story ideas? Email us at [email protected]

More Local News

Fake Gold Scam Reaches Airdrie

Airdrie RCMP is warning the public after multiple groups travelling throughout Alberta are conducting gold jewellery scams.

Reading Reborn

An update on the progress made in literacy of students was presented at yesterday's Rocky View School Board meeting.

Airdrie RCMP Arrest Youths for Starting Grass Fires

The Airdrie RCMP have arrested two youths for setting grass fires in the city over the past days and believe there may be others involved.
straz nhl awards june2018 credit tom straschnitzki

Straschnitzki Hits The Stage At The NHL Awards

Local hockey player, Ryan Straschnitzki was reunited with several of his Humboldt Broncos teammates last night in Las Vegas.

Pitt Easily Wins UCP Nomination in Airdrie East

At first blush, it looked like it would be a tough battle for Angela Pitt as she sought the nomination for the United Conservative Party in the new riding of Airdrie-East.

Mayor Delivers Annual State of the City Address

A packed house of mostly Airdrie business people was on hand yesterday (June 20) at the Woods Restaurant to hear Mayor Peter Brown's thoughts on the past year and his preview of what's ahead for…

Rocky View County Received Flood Prevention Grant

Rocky View County is no stranger to flooding and now the Government Of Alberta Is hoping to lend a helping hand.

Area Horsewoman To Help Debut Sidesaddle Racing at Calgary Stampede

You may remember Angelina Jolie doing it in the movie Tomb Raider. Or, you might have seen the Queen doing it in her younger years. But, chances are, you've never seen it done quite like this.

First Street Closure Begins Today

As City Crews continue to work on upgrading a storm and sanitary line on Centre Avenue, the work will be expanding to a nearby street.
urban bee hive june2018 credit tina petrow

Airdrie Has Gone To The Bees

Things are buzzing in Airdrie after the City recently started their Urban Beekeeping Pilot Project.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login