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Galt goes green and explores local food for Earth day

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The Galt Museum is celebrating Earth Day, April 22 by taking a look  at the faces of our locally produced food.Jackie Chalmers, Anine Vonkeman and Dan Rollingson look for worms in the Galt Museum’s worm composter. Photo by Richard Amery
 So for Earth Day, April 22, the Galt Museum in collaboration with Slow Food Alberta, will be inviting numerous food producers to talk about producing  environmentally friendly food and, even better, offer free samples.
 There will be everything from home grown garlic, worm compost,  home made granola bars and sausages plus a lot more.
 Earth Day  is a cultural celebration which began in 1970. The Galt is pleased to be holding a variety of Earth Day activities, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. The event fits in perfectly with their latest exhibit on climate change.


 Jackie Chalmers, president of Slow Food Southern Alberta noted buying food form local producers not only helps the earth by reducing fuel consumption due to transportation costs but also processing costs. Plus when you talk to a local producer, you can ask exactly what goes into the production of food.


“It’s a real neat opportunity to talk to people about where there food comes from,” she said of participating in the Galt Museum’s Earth Day celebrations.
 Slow Food Southern Alberta has produced a directory featuring over two dozen Southern Alberta producers complete with biographical information and contact information. But you will be able to ask many of them in person at the Galt, and sample their wares.


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Galt Museum sparks climate change discussion with new exhibit

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The Galt Museum is going green for their latest exhibition, which opened Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1-4:30 p.m.
 The travelling exhibition “Earth’s Climate In the Balance,” runs Jan. 22 until Earth Day, April 22.
Galt Museum Curator Wendy Aitkens noting the purpose of having this exhibit is to spark discussion about environmental issues.


“There is a difference between weather and climate change. Weather is what you see when you step outside your door. Climate change is long term over millions of years,” she said. She noted the museum plays an integral role in educating the public about issues like  this through their exhibits.
“We have pretty serious environmental concerns. Jazmine Mazidi builds a terrarium during opening day. Photo by Richard Amery

This exhibit tells you how to mitigate your environmental impact,” she continued.
 The exhibition comes from the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Ontario and explores the historical aspects of climate change. There are a variety of displays explaining the history of climate change as well as  the materials and methods scientists utilize to study climate change. Aitkens was interested in the display featuring extinct species.


“We had a number of extinct species here in North America,” she continued. Another interactive display examines how humans can reduce their eco-footprint.


  Activities included a test of environmental knowledge and a calculation of ones environmental footprint. A special activitiy allowed the Galt  Museum to “recycle” leftovers for their Saturdays at One program — voluteers and staff were helping make terrariums (their own mini-ecosytems) out of rocks, charcoal, black dirt, a plant  and a screen.

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Galt Museum examines climate change in new exhibit

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The Galt Museum is going green for their latest exhibition, which opens Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1-4:30 p.m.Galt Museum curator Wendy Aitkens talks about “Earth‘s Climate Change In The Balance. ” Photo by Richard Amery
 The travelling exhibition “Earth’s Climate In the Balance,” runs Jan. 22 until Earth Day, April 22.
 The exhibition comes from the Bruce County Museum  and Cultural Centre in Ontario and explores the historical aspects of climate change. There are a variety of displays explaining the history of climate change as well as  the materials and methods scientists utilize to study climate change.

There is also a display on extinct species. Another interactive display examines how humans can reduce their eco-footprint.

“Weather and climate change are different things. Weather is what you see when you walk outside your door. Climate change is over millions of years,” explained Wendy Aitkens, Galt Museum Curator.

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Galt Museum celebrates Robbie Burns with Scotch, pipes and haggis

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Everybody  gets to release their inner Scotsman on Robbie Burns Day. So the Galt Museum is happy to help out with their annual Robbie Burns Day/ Scotch tasting celebration, Chris Roedler examines a map of Scotland in preparation for Scotch and Burns. Photo by Richard AmeryJan. 21.
 “I’m quite looking forward to it,” said Galt Museum special events co-ordinator Chris Roedler, who has never helped organize one of these events before.


While he noted there probably isn’t a lot of Scottish in his family tree, Roedler being a German name,  he is excited to be involved with the event.


He will be working with Alex Lawson on the details of the event.


“I’ve always been interested in Robbie Burns party,” he said.  


“it’s always a lot of fun. We’ll have drummers to pipe in the haggis. We’ll recite  Robbie Burns poetry and  have a sing along of Auld Lang Syne,” he continued.
 Andrew Hilton is on board to sponsor the Scotch and there are plans in the works to get pipers, dancers, drummers singers and of course haggis.


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First World War veterans resurrected through their letters

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First World War veterans are more than just names carved on a fading cenotaph, during Remembrance Day, as the years sail on by, it is all the more important to keep alive the stories of those brave men and women who fought and died for freedom in “the war to end all wars.”
 While the men themselves may have long since passed on, Royal Canadian Legion Service Officer Glenn Miller has madeClarence Cluff looks at one letter  from  John Murray which Service Officer Glenn Miller gave a presentation on at the Galt Museum. Photo by Richard Amery it his mission to bring them back to life— through their letters home from overseas.

Each letter is an integral piece of the puzzle depicting that particular soldier’s life which, when put together, paint a pretty vivid picture of what life was like for a typical First World War soldier. Everything adds to the story from photos they took, to flowers soldiers sent back pressed in old books they were reading at the time, to pieces of the ruins sent back home from Vimy Ridge, which could be easily dismissed as garbage.


“Whenever you think of throwing something away that belonged to your grandfather or great-grandfather, go to the Galt first,” recommended Miller to an attentive crowd at the Galt Museum, Wednesday, Nov. 2 as he painted a vivid picture of the life of 20th Battalion Fifth Brigade Canadian Field Artillery artillery gunner John B Murray, 1892-1961,  according to a photo of Murray’s headstone in the presentation.


“Paper was the primary method of communication over there, even though it sometimes took as long as six months to get back home,”  he said.


“The biggest thing for morale was getting news from home and that was from letters,” Miller said, noting learning things like their sister was pregnant and what was going on with their parents, helped keep the soldiers connected to home.

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