Catching Up with the Silver Skate Festival’s Heritage Village Project

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Beginning with 2016’s edition of Silver Skate,  festival-goers have enjoyed a new heritage experience down in Hawrelak. The Heritage Village Project created three Indigenous winter experiences including a winter hunting camp, a Métis camp and a winter tipi, allowing Silver Skate to build community around sharing Indigenous stories with Edmontonians. We caught up with Creative Director Ritchie Velthuis to find… Read more »

Heritage in Our Communities: Heritage Community Investment Recipients, January 2017

On Monday, January 23rd, Edmonton City Council approved the EHC’s recommendations for funding from the Heritage Community Investment Program’s 2017 run. From new published books and online exhibits to oral histories and artistic celebrations, here are 16 examples of the great heritage work currently happening in our city. Here are the summaries of 16 new projects and existing… Read more »

Catching Up: FAVA’s Collections Preservation Project

In 2016, the Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) began a project to transfer more than three decades’ worth of Alberta media art created by its members to modern digital media. The originals will live on in the Provincial Archives of Alberta, while FAVA uses the digital copies to more widely share their members’ art… Read more »

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Catching Up: TALES’ “Votes for Women!” Project

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April 19, 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of the passage of Alberta’s Act for Equal Suffrage. To mark the occasion, The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling (TALES) developed a traveling storytelling piece wherein costumed storytellers told the story of the fight for women’s suffrage in Alberta—in character! We caught up with TALES’ Renee Englot about her experience… Read more »

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Reconciling Our Built Form

The Red Hill Valley Parkway in Hamilton, Ontario built overtop of 22 known historic use sites.

As someone who is still fairly new to the formal heritage sector, I am constantly learning more about the heritage community and its operating norms. And as an Indigenous person, I continually struggle with the emphasis placed on built heritage as our primary link to the past and where we come from as a community. I recently… Read more »

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Catching Up: The “Know Your Winspear” Project

In 2015, the Francis Winspear Centre for Music embarked on a project to create a digital archive of key moments in Edmonton’s musical history. With Know Your Winspear, what began as an online collection photographs, ads, pamphlets and other ephemera,has become a physical museum of sorts, sharing this history with guests on the Winspear’s lobby and backstage… Read more »

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Culture & Reconciliation

Blanket exercise with EHC Staff and Directors

Last November, Chief Wilton Littlechild, Mayor Don Iveson and MLA Rod Loyola sat with Edmonton Heritage Council’s board and staff to speak about their vision of how Edmontonians would live into (and beyond) the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. At the time, the release of the final report of the TRC was… Read more »

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The What and the How: Why I Created a Research Methods Podcast

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Let me tell you a secret. I’m Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, but I’m not an expert about all things “local history.” What I am is curious and not afraid to ask questions. With my new podcast Let’s Find Out, I’m trying to turn that into a public good. If you follow this blog, you already know… Read more »

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Five Lessons from a Summer Traveling Exhibit Interpreter

In the latest blog post, EHC’s Traveling Exhibit Interpreter Alexandra Mackay shares what she has learned after a summer of connecting with Edmontonians through pop-up exhibits at the Night Market and various Edmonton Public Library locations. — With 30 exhibits over the last 4 months, the Edmonton City as Museum Project‘s summer pop-ups have been an enlightening… Read more »

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An Open and Inclusive Grants Program

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Earlier this year, the Edmonton Heritage Council set out to complete a full review of our Heritage Community Investment Program. We wanted to make sure that the grants were responsive to the needs of the organizations that we support and our city. We also wanted to make sure that the community had an opportunity to… Read more »

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