This week was the first of a new series of programs for seniors at the Galt. These interactive programs are intended to bring the stories of southern Alberta to light in different ways - lectures, hands on projects, tours, games and more. The program is weekly on Wednesdays from 2-3pm. We open the program room at 1:30pm so that guests can have tea/coffee and visit with each other.
For me, artifact bingo was a particularly fun way to start the program series because I got to go explore the collections and take photos to use on our bingo cards. With the help of our expert volunteer Nicole, we found artifacts from various categories: science and technology, jewellery, clothes, toys, First Nations objects and more. We also picked some objects that will be on display in the new exhibit Treasures and Curiosities.
One of my favorite parts of the game was when people started talking about the objects and sharing their memories. This camera, for example, is just like the first camera I had when I was young. Other objects in the game were just really interesting to look at like this calf weaner.
Next week, our program takes us behind the scenes of the archives for a guided tour by our archivist Greg Ellis.