Bringing in the harvest at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

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The tractors are giants, the smells are sweet, and the fun is big! It’s Harvest Festival at Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Sept. 3  and 4.

More than 35 antique machines will be both on display and bringing in the crop. Using threshing machines, swathers, combines, steam traction engines and giant tractors, we will be harvesting the old fashioned way. Visitors can get up close and personal with some of the antique machines and even take a ride on a tractor!

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One Weekend, Four Events: Summer

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Hard to believe that we are already mid-way through August…but the summer isn’t over yet! This upcoming weekend, five of our historic sites and museums have events going on. There’s the music festival over at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village but if that’s not your jam, here’s some other ideas:

  • Remington Carriage Museum: Miniature Chuckwagon Championship Races (August 19-20)
  • Reynolds-Alberta Museum: Motorcycle Ride to Reynolds (August 20)
  • Victoria Settlement: Annual Potato Derby (August 21)
  • Stephansson House: Harvest Fair and Quilt Show (August 21)

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PAA records make it into the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

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Planning to take in this year’s Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in Old Strathcona from Aug. 11 to 21?  If so, be sure to check out the production Letters from Battle River: The Adventures of Dr. Mary Percy Jackson inspired and written using archival records from the holdings of the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA)!

If you’ve ever wondered what work goes on at the PAA, this project is a wonderful example of the use and application of archival material to breathe new life into records and provide an engaging, enlightening and meaningful platform to share incredible stories of the past.

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Little Chapel, Big History: Explore Alberta’s Beginnings at Mission Hill Day

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A shy little building stands along St. Vital Avenue in St. Albert in front of the landmark St. Albert Catholic Church. Beyond, a green expanse of treed grounds harbours a tranquil grotto and cemetery. Even though it looks small and humble compared to the rest, that simple structure is Father Lacombe Chapel – Alberta’s oldest building and a designated Provincial Historical Resource.

Surprised that St. Albert has this little treasure? Come and learn more about its history at Mission Hill Day on Sunday, August 14!

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Experience the nostalgia of a classic car first hand

History RoadMaybe you’ve imagined yourself as James Bond, evading a cascade of evil adversaries in an Aston Martin DB5, like Sean Connery in the 1964 movie, Goldfinger…or maybe you’ve imagined careening through the streets of New York with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters enroute to saving the city from ghouls in that custom 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor! What do these two movies have in common? Classic cars — part of what made these films so memorable in the first place!

If you are between the ages of 15 and 25 and are interested in classic cars, you’ve probably wondered what it’s like to get behind the wheel of one. Well, look no further! The Hagerty Driving Experience at Reynolds-Alberta Museum is on tomorrow (July 16) and offers a rare opportunity for you to experience a classic car first-hand!

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