Enjoy the poetic spirit of the Rockies in the home of one of the greatest poets in the western world


Poetry has been connecting people to thoughts, emotions and events since the days of ancient society. On Sunday, July 12 we are bringing you closer to our own provincial history and local poets for the annual Poetry at Stephan’s House event at Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site.

Born in Iceland in 1853, Stephan G. Stephansson and his family settled the Alberta prairies near Markerville in 1889. Widely regarded as the greatest Icelandic poet since the 12th century, Stephan G’s prolific literary output has gained him recognition as one of the greatest poets of the western world.

Poetry at Stephan’s House provides a welcoming atmosphere and creative environment for Alberta poets to share readings of their own work as well as present selected Stephansson poems.

If poetry isn’t your forte, that’s okay! There’s still much to do at this event. The afternoon includes performances by a harp musician, children’s craft activities and tours of the house. Adults and children alike are welcome to explore the historic building, which has been fully restored to its 1927 appearance. Costumed interpretive staff will be available to answer questions.

Stephansson House is located 7 km north of Markerville, off secondary highways 781 and 592 (20 minutes south of Sylvan Lake, or 30 minutes southwest of Red Deer). For more information, please visit www.stephanssonhouse.org. You can also “like” Stephansson House on Facebook!

Click here for more information on all of Alberta’s historic sites and museums.

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