Happy International Museum Day!

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You don’t have to dig to find something awesome to do in Alberta. After all, our province has many stories to tell and plenty of natural wonders to explore thanks to our network of 20 provincially owned and operated historic sites, museums and archives.

In honour of International Museum Day, we wanted to share with you a few reasons why we love our heritage facilities (and why you should love them too).

Are you into dinosaurs? Vintage vehicles? Tasty Ukrainian cuisine? Alberta history, artifacts and records? We could seriously keep going because we have it all! Our heritage facilities cover a wide range of topics and interests; to find something that intrigues you, check out this complete directory of facilities, locations and event information to help plan your next adventure.

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Dance, food, music and fun: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village opens for the summer!

One of our province’s greatest gems opens for the summer in just a few days (Monday, May 22) and you are invited to celebrate with them in an abundance of food, dance, music and family-friendly activities!

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A drive 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16 will take you back in time to see the triumphs and hardships of Alberta’s Ukrainian pioneers. The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) is an outdoor living history museum made up of more than 35 relocated and restored buildings and farmsteads that tell the story of Ukrainian pioneers who settled in east central Alberta between 1892-1930.

Opening event details: what is there to do?

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Adventure awaits at Alberta historic sites, museums and archives

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Join hundreds of thousands of visitors this summer in exploring 20 provincially-owned historic sites, museums and archives for an affordable Alberta adventure.

Whether you’re looking to get away, plan a unique date night, or take the entire family on an affordable day trip, our heritage facilities have an adventure waiting for you. For a glimpse of what you can do at each site this summer, check out the details below; you can get more detailed programming and event information by clicking on each site’s individual webpage and special events sections.

Looking for a grand adventure? Consider buying an Experience Alberta’s History Pass to receive unlimited admission to all operating historic sites and museums for one full year from the date of purchase.  This pass is an awesome option for people who plan to visit one facility multiple times, or several facilities any number of times.

Find our sites on social media to stay in touch and share your visit experience. We hope to see you out this summer!
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Country mouse recruitment drive is on for Open Farm Days 2017

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While Alberta has long celebrated its status as a rat-free province, the recruitment drive is on for country mice.

The country mice collective of farmers, ranchers and ag-operators is being called on to act as hosts for this year’s Open Farm Days, which runs from Aug. 19-20. Together, they’ll help welcome and educate their city mice counterparts on everything rural Alberta has to offer.

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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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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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