We’ve planned ahead, assuming there is a 2013, and are pleased to present a full line-up of exhibits, events and programs for all ages at the Galt Museum & Archives in 2013 – here is a list of January happenings to whet your appetite.

JAN 13.13

Uncovering Secrets Archaeology in Southern Alberta

Come marvel at the secrets hidden in your backyard! The land of southern Alberta is full of stories about our past - fortunately, there are people who know how to interpret what they find. Discover fifteen locations, the finds and the archaeologists who have shed light on the stories.

until JAN 06.13 | Lower Level Gallery
Alberta Women’s Institutes: For home and country – Celebrating 100 Years of Community Service Exhibit developed by Provincial Archives of Alberta

until FEB 18.13 | Main Level Hallway
Stories of Irene McCaugherty

until feb 20.13 | Main Level Meeting Rooms
Archives Exposed… Henderson Lake: 100 Years of History


Café Galt

7:00 pm | admission rates apply, includes exhibit access | free for annual pass holders | registration not required | the Discovery Hall and Museum Store are open on Thursdays until 9:00 pm

Explore and discuss current exhibits and ideas through film screenings, lectures and other unique experiences.

Thu JAN 10 The Glenbow Town and Quarry A Hundred Years On with Brian Vivian  Located within the recently created Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park west of Calgary, the Glenbow Quarry is a well know historical sandstone quarry dating to ca. 1909-12.  In 2009, the Archaeological Society of Alberta Calgary Centre initiated a multi-year project to map what remains of the town and quarry, document the site and further understanding of this early historical settlement. Brian Vivian reports on the project’s success.

Thu JAN 24 Chop Suey on the Prairie with Linda Tzang There are more Chinese restaurants in North America than fast food outlets. They range in size and grandeur from upscale banquet halls serving over 500 people to family-run hole-in-the-wall cafés. While the families that have run them may have changed over the years, the restaurants remain and have become indispensable centres of small town life. The exhibit by the same name opens at the Royal Alberta Museum in April.

Archives Programs

7:00 pm | Program admission fees apply, includes exhibit access and supplies | registration not required | Archives researchers are welcome, at no charge, 10–4:30 mon-fri and to 9:00 pm during our Thursday hours

Discover photographs, documents, maps and other records found at the Galt Archives and learn how to use them for your research. With Archivist Andrew Chernevych [or special guests where noted].

Thu JAN 17 Archives 101 People know museums, people know libraries, but archives often remain a mystery. This is the chance to get introduced to the fantastic historical resources at the Galt Archives. Tour the archival facility, learn the rules and procedures, and find out how to search for records through our easy-to-use online database.


Top 10 of 2012 Family Programs

presented with Green Acres Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge

JAN 02-07 Winter break | 1:00 – 4:00 pm (drop in anytime) | family program [adults required to attend with children] | admission rates apply | free for annual pass holders | registration not required


Saturdays at 1:00 presented with Green Acres Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge

YEAR-ROUND! | adults required to attend with children | admission rates apply | free for annual pass holders | registration not required | includes exhibit access

This interactive program animates our exhibits and collections for families with children of all ages and is offered year-round thanks to our program partner, the Green Acres Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge.

JAN 12 Flip Books Make your own flip book and learn about the history of animation. 

19        Owl Pellets Dissect an owl pellet as you learn about our ecosystem. 

26        Dinosaur Models Create your own dinosaur model as you learn about the intersection of art and science in the museums. 


Wednesdays at the Galt

Year-round first & third Wednesdays monthly | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | admission rates apply | free for annual pass holders | registration not required | includes exhibit access

From hands-on learning to lectures by special guests, behind-the-scenes tours and tutorials, historical anecdotes to contemporary conundrums for ages 55+.

JAN 02 Felted Ear Warmers Enjoy some intergenerational fun at our Top 10 of 2012 family felting program. Come alone, or with your grandkids, for a lesson in making the oldest textile in the world, and take home an ear warmer to keep yourself warm this winter.  

JAN 16 Hollywood Tours Alberta Enjoy films from the 2012 Provincial Archives Film Festival featuring Trigger Fingers [starring Tim McCoy as ‘Lightning’ Bill Carson], News Parade of the Year, and Woodland Cartoon.


Scotch & Burns

Sat JAN 19 | Scotch Tasting starts at 6:30 pm | All Ages Program 7:00 pm
Tickets/person at the door on the night of the event: $3 public | $1 Annual Pass Holders | free for children 6 and under

It’s our annual birthday celebration for the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. Starting at 7:00 join in the piping in of the haggis, odes to the bard, a sing-along with the Golden Mile Singers, as well as performances by the Lethbridge Highland Dancers and Lethbridge Legion Pipe Band. Scotch Tasting [tickets at the event] with Kyle Baines from Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits lasts until the Scotch runs dry. Oh, and try haggis too... you don’t have to be Scottish to attend!

 For details visit www.galtmuseum.com, call 403.320-3954, or email info@galtmuseum.com

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