Poetry and Archival Exhibits are in store for you this April

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What’s not to love about April? Along with the budding trees and blooming flowers (the occasional burst of snowfall), a fresh new season of events is starting to spring up at Alberta’s historic sites, interpretive centres, and museums. Take a quick scroll through the many possibilities here.

At most venues, full programming starts on May 15, but you can already catch a couple of early birds who are kicking off their spring season with some fun activities.

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Hop on over to historic sites and museums for Easter fun!

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Easter is just around the corner and a few of our historic sites and museums have some eggs-cellent events for the entire family to enjoy!

Why not add a twist to your celebrations and experience Alberta’s history with a side of Easter eggs? Hop on over to Rutherford House’s Easter Eggstravaganza or the Remington Carriage Museum’s annual Easter egg hunt.  It’s fun for all ages!

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Calling all hockey fans: enjoy a free day of hockey film!

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Vintage hockey team: photo courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Few things are as deeply imbedded in the Canadian psyche as hockey. We play it, we follow it, and the game has the power to unite people across generations.  That’s why the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) is happy to announce this year’s theme of their 32nd annual free film event — hockey!

All hockey fans and history buffs are invited to enjoy Light the Lamp: Hockey Heritage with the Provincial Archives of Alberta, on Saturday, April 8 at the Garneau Theatre (8712 109 St NW).

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“Tout le tralala!” – All that Jazz for International Francophonie Day

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March is the month of Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), a pan-Canadian celebration of the French language and its many cultural expressions. Nearly 10 million francophones celebrated across Canada with flag-raising ceremonies, sugar shacks, movie showings, singing, theatre and more.

Today on International Francophonie Day, which wraps-up RVF, it is an opportunity for Albertans who haven’t been raised in a francophone environment to learn a bit more, including the sometimes perplexing world of French expressions.

For example, the francophone phrase “retournons à nos moutons”, directly translates to “let’s go back to our sheep”. This might only make sense if you are on the lam from your lambs!

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Provincial Archives of Alberta: the art of preservation, acquisition and conservation

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Tin type of a cute little dog found in a new acquisition of old family photos

Whether it’s a piece of music, a photograph or a short film, the ‘records’ that we own, view or create are mostly electronic today: nothing more than ones and zeros, bits and bytes, digital representations of objects that used to exist only in the physical world.

As physicality becomes secondary to electronic, it’s up to an essential system of preservation to ensure the physical objects in our lives are maintained for future generations. In our province, it’s the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) helping to lead the charge.

The PAA acquires, preserves and makes available records from government, individuals and organizations for researchers of all ages. This facility is free and open to the public.

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