Monday, 4 January 2010

Heritage Fair is Coming

I can't believe it's already 2010. But now that it's January it means it's time to start gearing up for some fun projects ahead. And one of my favourite projects in spring is the Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair that takes place every May.


For those of you who don't know what the Fair is, it's an opportunity for students in grades 4-9 to explore and experience Canadian history in an engaging and fun way. Students choose their own topic and find stories about heroes, legends, milestones, events and achievements that interest them. Students aren't told what to study -- it's their decision.

The project above was on the Lethbridge City/Regional Police while the one below was on Blackfoot history and culture. Others choose to tell personal stories such as the history of their family’s farm, their family's business, the story of their family during the War, and many more. Some tell of the larger Canadian stories — such as the Mounties, the Halifax Explosion, Canadian politicians, sports heroes, and actors and actresses. Some students interview community heroes. Others learn how to access the primary sources held in Alberta’s Archives and Museums. All learn how to research, question, and compile information.

This is one of my favourite days of the year. When the kids of our area become the historians who, with a passion and a knowledge that is incredible, pass on the stories that make us unique and that bring us together. If you know of a student in grade 4 to 9 who would like to participate, check with your teacher to see if your school is involved or, if not, contact us here at the Galt and we can get you out the information needed to participate. You can also download the information from our web-site.

And, if you truly want to see what a fantastic experience this is, be certain to stop by the Regional Fair in May or, better yet, get in touch with us and volunteer to judge at this year's Regional Fair.

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