Call for Participants for New Exhibit: Queer Histories of Southwestern Alberta

An evening photo of the Viewing Gallery of the Galt Museum & Archives.

An evening photo of the Viewing Gallery of the Galt Museum & Archives.

Lethbridge—The Galt Museum & Archives is looking for LGBTQ2S+ stories and materials for an upcoming exhibit titled Queer Histories of Southwestern Alberta.

“The Galt’s mission is to preserve and share stories about the human history of southwestern Alberta, and that’s what this upcoming exhibit will help us to do.” explains Curator Aimee Benoit, “Guided by a group of ‘youth curators,’ the exhibit is an opportunity to begin gathering stories, artifacts and other materials that have not yet been collected or recorded in ‘official’ community histories.”

The Queer Histories exhibit has been developed in partnership with many community organizations. These include the University of Lethbridge’s Institute of Child and Youth Studies, McKillop United Church, the Taber Equality Alliance, OUTreach Southern Alberta and The Boys & Girls Club of Lethbridge & District’s Queer Impact Club from the MAT Youth Centre. “Our partners have been instrumental in directing and organizing the exhibit over the past year.” says Benoit.

The upcoming exhibit is a first step in the effort to collect these objects and photos and tell the stories of individuals and groups in this community.  “The Galt is committed to providing a welcoming community gathering place and social hub, enriching our community through diversity and inclusivity.” Says CEO/Executive Director Susan Burrows-Johnson, “The upcoming Queer Histories of Southwestern Alberta exhibit provides us the opportunity to continue to collect important, informational, representational artifacts and archives related to the human history of southwestern Alberta, researching them deeply and gathering their stories.”

People interested in contributing their stories, photos or objects to the Galt can visit www.galtmuseum.com for more information. The Queer Histories exhibit will be displayed in the hallway outside the archives and collections offices in the Galt Museum.