Bring food bank donations to the Provincial Archives of Alberta!

The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) is collecting more than just history these days as their mission to collect 150 pounds of food for The Edmonton Food Bank continues!

Until August 1, Albertans can drop off non-perishable food items when visiting the PAA’s free exhibit, 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever. This unique exhibit highlights Canadian firsts achieved by Albertans and was created by the PAA in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary last year.

Check out a video about this initiative put together by The Edmonton Food Bank!


Left to right:  Marjorie Bencz, Executive Director of the Edmonton Food Bank, Leslie Latta, Executive Director of the Provincial Archives of Alberta and Denise Woollard, MLA for Edmonton-Millcreek.

The 150 Firsts exhibit is filled with interesting Albertan firsts including Calgary being the first Canadian city to host a Winter Olympics in 1988 and the construction of Canada’s first UFO landing pad in St. Paul in 1967.

Also featured is the Edmonton Gleaners Association, which established the first food bank in Canada in 1981 – now known as The Edmonton Food Bank. The PAA is honouring this first by giving back to the community.

Did you know?

The PAA is a provincially owned facility located in Edmonton that acquires, preserves and publicly makes available important historical records from government, individuals and organizations for researchers of all ages.

The PAA collection includes:

  • 53,700 metres of government textual records
  • 4,540 metres of private textual records
  • 154,330 maps, plans and drawings
  • 1,845,935 photographs
  • 71,835 audiovisual holdings, including film, video and audio recordings
  • 14,825 resource library books

Along with providing access to valuable historic records, the PAA’s expert staff clean, repair and provide special storage for records that have deteriorated over the years and require unique preservation.

Connect online

For more information about the PAA, how to donate records, or how to preserve records at home, visit their website. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter for fun facts about Alberta’s history.

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