The United Farmers Historical Society is a not-for-profit charitable organization that is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of UFA. The UFHS is governed by a Board of Directors.
Duane is a fourth generation agricultural producer who lives on the original homestead west of Claresholm, where his great grandparents set down roots in 1911. Duane and his family operated a mixed farming operation and recently moved into an all cow-calf operation.
Duane’s family has been UFA members for approximately 70 years. Duane has been involved in UFA for twenty-three years, ten years as a delegate and eight years serving on the Board of Directors for UFA. Duane has served as the Chair of UFHS for the past five years. Duane and his wife Lori live in Claresholm.
Norene has a long history with UFA and has been a member for over forty years. Norene and her husband Tom were petroleum agents from 1976 to 2017. The first three years at Trochu Agency, the following thirty-eight at Three Hills Agency, with the final twelve years operating both Trochu and Three Hills.
Norene and Tom have two children and six grandchildren.
Joe Van Bavel
Joe is a third generation farmer north east of Strathmore, operating an irrigated and dryland hay farm with his parents and help from his wife Patti and their three children. Joe has been a UFA member since he turned 16 years old. His father is a former delegate and director with UFA. Joes has served as a delegate since 2008 and was previously involved with the UFA Historical Committee from 2009-2011.
Darci-Jane McAulay has roots in Alberta that go back four generations. One of her mom’s memories as a child was having cold coca-cola at the UFA station in Milo in the 50s. DJ is a public relations professional who currently works at Paramount Resources. DJ and her husband David reside in Calgary with their two children.
Bill’s professional background is in museum management and historic building restoration. Bill currently manages the Claresholm and District Museum where they recently launched an exhibit featuring Louise McKinney and the Famous Five, and Women in Agriculture, an exhibit developed in cooperation with the UFHS.
Although not a farmer, Bill has extensive knowledge of the history of farming in Alberta and for several years managed Heritage Acres Farm museum in Pincher Creek. Bill was born and raised in Northern Ireland, where he spent many weekends and summers working on his grandparent’s farm (a museum in itself) before immigrating to Canada at age 17. Bill currently lives in Fort Macleod Alberta where he has been an active volunteer helping to preserve that towns historic Main St. buildings.