Celebrate Alberta Culture Days – it’s a bit out there!

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Haven’t heard of Alberta Culture Days? Well, you are in for a crazy, unique, and surprising weekend, September 27 – 29, 2019. Alberta Culture Days is a chance for us to discover, experience, and celebrate the arts and culture communities across the province that makes Alberta so special. Every year, this three-day event takes place as part of National Culture Days, which includes more than 300 communities from coast to beautiful coast! The objective is to increase awareness, participation, accessibility, and engagement of Canadians in the Arts and Culture of Canada, a must-see for all Albertans this September.

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Return to Calgary exhibit captures the spirit of Alberta

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Image credit: Charles M. Russell, The Jerkline, 1912, oil on canvas, 24.25 x 36 inches (C.M. Russell Museum, Gift of Fred Birch)

In 1919, after four long years of global conflict and great loss, the world was finally at peace. Calgary joined the global celebration by hosting a Victory Stampede in Victoria Park. This space, now known as the Calgary Exhibition Grounds, was used through the war as a training space for local regiments and was a fitting place to celebrate the troops’ return to Calgary.

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The home of Alberta’s First Premier is just a little out there

By Courtney Sidders

RH_0048Sitting high on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Alberta, in the heart of the University of Alberta campus, sits a beautiful brick mansion—Rutherford House. It was once home to the renowned Rutherford family: Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta, his wife Mattie, and their children, son Cecil and daughter Hazel. The family travelled from Ontario to the west in 1895 and lived here from 1911 to 1940. Today their historic home is a provincially operated house museum offering tours, curriculum based education programs and special events.

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Father Lacombe Chapel, a story with heart that’s a little out there

By Courtney Sidders

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In the middle of the bustling community of St Albert, high up on Mission Hill sits the oldest building in Alberta: Father Lacombe Chapel. Established in 1861 by Father Albert Lacombe and Bishop Tache of the Oblate of Mary Immaculate missionary, this early Western Canada settlement offers a glimpse into life in the 1860s. Continue reading

Seniors can enjoy free general admission to historic sites and museums throughout Seniors’ Week!

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Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

From June 2 to 8, it will be even more affordable for Alberta’s seniors to learn from and enjoy the photographs, fossils, artifacts and stories that have shaped our province. In celebration of seniors in Alberta, we are providing free general admission to provincial historic sites and museums to anyone 65 years of age or older throughout Seniors’ Week.

Note: Free admission does not apply to tour groups; fees for special programming at facilities still apply. Hours for most sites are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit alberta.ca for full details on hours, accessibility and directions.

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Explore Alberta’s history on May long weekend

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Days are getting longer, the weather’s getting warmer and with a long weekend ahead of us, it’s the perfect time to take a look at what provincial historic sites and museums have planned for 2019!

Seasonal sites are opening this week, and many have special events and experiences to immerse you in our history and heritage. Take a look to start planning your weekend road trips, and stay tuned for roundups of activities through the summer.

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The women of Alberta’s historic sites and museums

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Lorna O’Brien doing prep work at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re featuring a few of the talented and brilliant women who are behind Alberta’s favourite museums and heritage sites. These women show girls it’s possible to follow their dreams in any field.

Meet Alison Freake, a conservator at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Alwynne Beaudoin, director of natural history at the Royal Alberta Museum, Lisa May, objects conservator at the Royal Alberta Museum and Lorna O’Brien, head technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

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