In Their Footsteps

Date: Sep 5, 2019

Deadline: Sep 29, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Camrose Heritage Station and Park

 As a contribution to the Battle River Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards in collaboration with the Camrose Heritage Railway Station, the Canadian Northern Society will present an exciting and informative interpretive display called In Their Footsteps. This exhibition illustrates the overarching theme of “arts that flow as stories from our landscape.”
The display will feature footwear along with interpretive stories of the remarkable past cultures and how subsequent generations followed in their footsteps to settle and influence the present culture of country. We will be collecting many types of shoes. (Settlers and Indigenous) in the Battle River region which takes in the areas from Battle Lake on the west to Battleford on the east. Examples of footwear include farmers, miners, nurses, business people, construction workers, dancers, cooks and from many cultures such as Indigenous, Ukrainian, Scandinavian, and newer Canadians, including refugees. The collection will include hand-made cultural footwear.
Please join us for an interpretive hands-on public event in association with Alberta Culture days on September 28th and 29th,
This event is open to all ages. However, we are targeting children and their accompanying families on the Saturday and Sunday. Activities would be related to the theme, In Their Footsteps. Interpreters will be available to direct and work with participants. We encourage children and family members to bring shoes or photos of ancestors wearing shoes of those who are important to them now or to someone in their personal past (For example, grandparents, great grandparents or other people who had a great influence on them). Shoes could include, skates, dancing, basketball, baseball, favorite shoes, special event shoes, every day shoes etc. The children and family members would be given Discovery tasks to answer questions from the exhibition information and the site. Families would then have an opportunity to work with the children to write up a brief family history on a presented form and indicate how the shoes whose footsteps of their ancestors contribute to their present traditions and culture activities Children could then decorate their own shoes or one of the collected thrift shop shoes as an art project (For example sequins etc. are in style).

Free Event

Date: Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 
Location:  Camrose Heritage Station and Park,  
4407 47 Avenue
Camrose, Alberta T4V 1X2