Heritage Fair a Win for Students

A photo featuring many of the students who won awards of excellence in history for their Heritage Fair projects  Standing:  Courtenay Shampaign  and  Preslee Losey  — Great Canadian Women: Inspiring Today’s Girls,  Zara Enayetullah  — Craig Kielburger,  Brooklynn Allen  — the Great Depression,  Nycea Hazelwood  — Truth & Reconciliation,  Molly Buteau  and  Hanna Friesen  (kneeling) — Horses in the Day.  Kneeling:  Aislin Falkenberg  — the High Level Bridge,  Samuel Campmans  — Post WWII Dutch Immigration,  Addison Carey  — Head‑Smashed-In Buffalo Jump,  Kathleen Wu  — Chinese Immigrants to Canada.

A photo featuring many of the students who won awards of excellence in history for their Heritage Fair projects

Standing: Courtenay Shampaign and Preslee Losey — Great Canadian Women: Inspiring Today’s Girls, Zara Enayetullah — Craig Kielburger, Brooklynn Allen — the Great Depression, Nycea Hazelwood — Truth & Reconciliation, Molly Buteau and Hanna Friesen (kneeling) — Horses in the Day.

Kneeling: Aislin Falkenberg — the High Level Bridge, Samuel Campmans — Post WWII Dutch Immigration, Addison Carey — Head‑Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Kathleen Wu — Chinese Immigrants to Canada.

Lethbridge—Students gathered at the Galt Museum & Archives on Sunday, May 5 for the Southern Alberta Regional Heritage Fair. The projects prepared by the students explored a broad range of heritage subjects. These included hockey, truth and reconciliation, women's history, equestrian culture and many other topics.

Throughout the morning, students displayed their projects to their peers and to visitors to the Galt, as well as the panel of expert judges. After a brief lunch, students participated in three workshops. The first was a photogrammetry workshop where they learned how to digitize artifacts with cameras with New Media Department and Agility at the University of Lethbridge. Then they learned about the history of Lethbridge by programming robots with educators from Destination Exploration. Finally, they learned how they continue to share their research by making videos for the Young Citizens Program, in a workshop led by a programmer from Canada’s History.

All participating students worked hard and their passion for heritage was apparent. Some projects stood out and were recognized with special awards. The Alberta Women's Memory Project Award, recognizing outstanding research in the field of women's history, was awarded to Courtenay Shampaign and Preslee Losey for their project titled “Great Canadian Women.” The Aspen Foundation Labour History Award which recognizes outstanding research in the field of labour history and social justice, was awarded to Brooklynn Allen for a project titled “The Great Depression.” Anna Skretting’s project titled “Sisters of Service” was awarded The Centre for Oral History and Tradition Award recognizing the excellent use of oral history. The Institute of Child and Youth Studies Award, recognizing outstanding projects related to the topic of children or youth, was awarded to Zara Enayetullah for their project titled “Craig Kielburger.” Finally, the Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society Award, recognizing outstanding projects about Indigenous history and culture, was awarded to Nycea Hazelwood for their project titled “Truth & Reconciliation.”

The Galt would like to acknowledge the many judges and volunteers who helped to make this celebration of history possible. If your student or elementary class would like to participate in the Heritage Fair next year, you can contact the Galt’s Museum Educator Ashley Henrickson at ashley.henrickson@galtmuseum.com.