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09 | The Museum as Music Festival

Photo by Haley Sharpe Design

Join former Galt staffer, and current National Museum Centre Exhibitions Project Manager Tyler Stewart as he asks the question: "what if a visit to the museum was as exciting as going to a music festival?" That sense of excitement, discovering new artists, hearing new sounds and celebrating with friends -is the approach NMC is taking to developing its new exhibitions. Come learn more about how NMC is making history while preserving our national music story.

meet Tyler Stewart   Tyler Stewart is the Exhibitions Project Manager for the National Music Centre in Calgary. A graduate of the University of Lethbridge Museum Studies program, where he completed his first museum internship at the Galt, he also has extensive experience in journalism and musical performance, and remains involved in multiple musical projects across Alberta.

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Sun NOV 02 | 2:00-4:00 pm | What Caused WWI? The Road to Sarajevo, 1858-1914

Re-live the amazing chain of events leading to the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, with Military Historian Stéphane Guevremont who will explore contemporary interpretations of many factors which contributed to the start of the First World War.

Learn about the impact of the rise of Prussia, of the arms race, and of the game of alliances in European politics at the turn of the century. A fascinating multimedia presentation, not to be missed!

Includes intermission and Q&A.

Dr. Stéphane Guevremont is a former aircraft mechanic. He holds a B.A. in History (McGill University), an M.A. in War Studies (Royal Military College of Canada) and a Ph.D. (University of Calgary) on the Canadian aircraft industry. He teaches history and speaks on CBC French Radio One Alberta.

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earlier this year...

16 Food Tells the Story: Hong Kong from Colonial to Global Times

with Dr. Bonnie Lee

Food and eating are markers of our cultural identity. Using photographs and description of meal rituals and food consumption practices, Dr. Bonnie Lee will illustrate patterns of resistance and change as Hong Kong Chinese negotiate their sense of cultural identity from colonial times to the present.

in conjunction with the exhibit

Arts of China


27 Enduring Shades of Influence: Chinese Art and Its Influence on Japanese Painter and Nativist Hirao Rosen with Dr. Gideon Fujiwara

Since its early imperial history, China has left an enduring influence on her neighbours across East Asia in writing systems, philosophy, political thought, literature, and of course art. Dr. Gideon Fujiwara introduces representative works of Chinese art, with comments on characteristic features and the historical context in which they were produced.

Then, learn about the far-reaching influences of Chinese art, through the paintings and sketches of artist and nativist scholar Hirao Rosen (1808-1880) of 19th Century northeastern Japan. Conceived at a time of Japan's political transition from feudal to modern imperial state, Rosen's artwork reveals the incontestable role occupied by China, even to a scholar devoted to studies of the Japanese Way.


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Sun MAR 23 | 2:00-4:00 pm

The First Special Service Force with Hank Planger and John Hart

Hank Planger [left] and John Hart [right]

Begin by watching the movie Daring to Die: The Story of the Black Devils (47 min, 2003 - trailer below), then hear from one of the few surviving members, Hank Planger, and John Hart, son of late FSSF member Geoffrey Hart, about how the First Special Service Force was created and their story of success and triumph in helping the allies succeed in Italy in WWII.



Devil's Brigade "Black Devils" Honoured, Global National, AUG.12

"U.S. Senator Behind Push to Award Canada-U.S. “Devil’s Brigade” a Congressional Gold Medal", Ottawa Citizen, MAR 10.12


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06 Chi Gong, posture and Lifestyle
for your Mind Body and Spirit

with Dr. Bob Kho

Join Dr. Bob Kho to learn about the traditional Chinese cultural practice of Shan Yi - advanced medicine. Based on 5000 years of Chinese cultural history, Dr. Kho will talk about how to integrate practices based on the traditions of Zen Toaism Kung Fu into your day to live a more healthful life.

You will also learn about Chi Gong, and ways to reduce stress and improve posture for the benefit of your mind, body, and spirit. As the saying goes "the best way to win a war is winning without a fight and the best medicine is to stay healthy - or prevent getting sick!"

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24 Common Coulee Plants of Southern Alberta

Botanist, environmental horticulturist, author and photographer June Flanagan and co-author Dr. John Bain, professor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Lethbridge and Director of the U of L Herbarium, will demonstrate how to navigate their newly revised ebook of the classic local guidebook: Common Coulee Plants of Southern Alberta.

Barbara Ramp, librarian and program manager at Lethbridge Public Library will also be available for ebook advice. You'll also hear tips to help you discover what's blooming this spring and, weather permitting, wrap up with a visit to the native prairie plants garden.


05 Quilts and the Settlement of Canada

with Lucie Heins

Quilting in Canada dates back to approximately 300 years. Lucie Heins from Royal Alberta Museum will give a brief history of quilting, the challenges of quilting in Canada during the early years of settlement, and the cultural influences we see in Canadian quilts. The presentation will also address quilts and quilting in Alberta.

26 The Making of the Jean and Marie Erikson Collection of Carpets and Textiles

with Michele Hardy

With their deep, rich colours, thick pile and glossy wool, pile-woven carpets are the connoisseur's textile of choice. Dr. Lloyd Erikson began looking at and thinking about carpets when he was just a young man in post-Depression era Upper New York State. Shifting to Edmonton, where he took up a post with the University of Alberta, Dr. Erikson began to expand his fledgling collection.

Since 2003 Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary has been home to the Erikson Collection, which, with over 700 pieces, is the largest public collection of carpets and related textiles in Canada. Dr. Michele Hardy, Curator of Decorative Arts for Nickle Galleries, leads this illustrated lecture.



28 Lisa Klakulak from STRONGFELT

Lisa Klakulak will discuss the progression of her felt work, both technically and conceptually, during her artist residency from 2002-2005 and how this intensive focus prepared her for a career in education and the fine art & craft field. Join her journey as she shares images of inspiration from her international travels alongside the work it continues to influence. One-hour slide lecture followed by a question/answer and viewing of Lisa's STRONGFELT works.

Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo for WNC Magazine September 2010


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