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A night at the Galt Museum for archaeology trivia

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Spend a Night at the Galt Museum tonight. If you like archaeology themed movies like the Indiana Jones series and Laura Croft Tomb Raider there will beChirs Roedler and some of the prizes incuding the life sized cutout of Kevin McGeough. photo by Richard Amery a special movie trivia night.

The event is aimed at 18-30 year-olds, University or College students looking to blow off some steam in between exams and papers and anybody interested in movies, archaeology or all of the above.

“We’ll be showing a bunch of film clips about archaeology films and asking  trivia questions  about them. Some of them will be easy ike what year the movie come out, others will be more difficult,” summarized event organizer Chris Roedler.

 University of Lethbridge archaeology  professor Kevin McGeough who has been on digs will be hosting the night which features prizes and good times.
The event runs from 7-10 p.m., Dec. 6 at the Galt Museum.

 Roedler hopes to make it a regular event. It is a lead up to the Galt Museum’s “Nerdfest” which runs  March 21-23, which will include a variety of activities including comic book writer Scott Macleod.

Admission is  four dollars which includes entrance to the Galt Museum’s current exhibit, coincidentally featuring southern Alberta archaeology.

There will be tapas for sale and a bar for the event and a variety of prizes including the Indiana Jones movie set, and a life sized cutout of Kevin McGeough, which Roedler said is attracting a lot of his students.
“We’re hoping there will be 100 people there for it,” he said.

“It’s a great way to break into the post-secondary  market. So we’re pumped about it,” he continued.
“What better way to come out and blow off a little steam,” he said.

 Movie trivia runs from 7-10 p.m. tonight. Admission is four dollars.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Community helps Galt design Southern Alberta archaeology exhibit

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The Galt looked to the community for direction digging into the past for its new exhibit, “Uncovering Secrets: Archaeology in southern Alberta.”

The museum surveyed the public last year to ask what they wanted to see in an exhibit that focuses on southern Alberta archaeology.
“The Galt Museum is part of the community, so we wanted to do something the community wanted us to do,” said curator Wendy Aitkens.Galt museum curator Wendy Aitkens helps visitors examine ‘artifacts’ form the ’50s. Photo by Richard Amery
“It is important for us to respond to their interests and their needs.”

With help from the Archaeology Society of Southern Alberta and a couple enthusiastic students, they pinpointed 15 local and area sites for a series of display cases that take visitors back as far as 11,000 years ago and as late as the beginning of the 1900s.

Some are well known to local and area residents and visitors, and others more obscure, including Cluny Fortified Village, Fincastle Bison Kill and Processing Site, Fletcher Bison Kill Site, Fort Macleod NWMP Barracks, Fort Whoop-Up, Indian Battle Park, Kajewski Métis Cabins, Lille Coal Mine Town, Massacre Butte, New Oxley Ranche, Old North Trail, Stone Features including the Majorville Medicine Wheel and Noble Point effigy, Wally's Beach, and Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi National Historic Site.


Galt Museum celebrating harvest with new festival

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 The Galt Museum is celebrating Fall this Saturday with their first annual Harvest Festival.Pete Watson and Joel Bryant paying word on the Street. They play the Galt Museum’s Harvest Festival this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 There will be an assortment of crafts, live music, hayrides and lots of fun for everyone.
“We try to do community events. The last one we did was Canada Day. This time we thought a harvest themed event would be perfect,” said Galt Museum Community events co-ordinator Leslie Hall.
 Coincidentally their harvest festival coincides with the actual harvest moon, Sept. 29.

“So we’ll be able to watch the moon rise,” she enthused.

But while that is happening, so will a variety of harvest themed activities.

 Fort Whoop-Up which is still closed to flooding in the summer, will be bringing up their hay rides, there will be food. The Windy Rafter Barn Dancers will be coming from their Fort Macleod area base to teach line dancing.


Galt Museum examines community bands

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Lethbridge has a long history of community band, so Galt Museum archives assistant Trish Purkis wanted to bring that history to life as part of the Archives Exposed program.

“I wanted to showcase unfamiliar anTrish Purkis examines the community bands display. Photo by Richard Ameryd not seen photographs,” Purkis said adding sometimes the Archives Exposed program is connected to the main display in the main gallery, other times, like this time, it is a labour of love.

“ I actually started it because I wanted to find out when I started playing in the Lethbridge Kiwanis Band in the 1960s,” said Purkis, who plays clarinet in the Lethbridge Community band, which turns 25 this year.

After finding out she joined the band in 1963, she was surprised how little information was available about community bands in Lethbridge, so she started making a file by going through newspaper clippings and exploring the archives.

“I started playing clarinet with the band in 1963 and like most people I gave it up while I pursued my career, until 1987 when I dusted off the clarinet to see if I could still play,” she said.


Author Will Ferguson entertains with anecdotes and jokes

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Canadian humourist  Will Ferguson, enraptured a good sized crowd at the Galt Museum, Sunday, May 20 during the museum’s Will Ferguson speaking at the Galt Museum. Photo by Richard AmeryDiamond Jubilee celebrations which also featured Project Muse.

 There wasn’t a lot of talk about the Queen at the Queen’s Jubilee, however Ferguson has a million stories about having adventures travelling around Canada and told a few of, them punctuating them with his self-deprecating humour, which had the enraptured audience chuckling along with him.

 He joked about being asked to  show a South American delegation a “Canadian dance.”

“There isn’t one. They think we can all square dance, so we just made one up,” he related.

He spoke briefly about living in Japan and moving to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the cradle of Confederation.

He noted his first job was as a translator. He laughed as he recalled asking a group of Japanese businessmen/ tourists to not tell his boss that he wasn’t as fluent in Japanese as he said to get the job.

He reminisced about breaking into  writing by writing a column in Charlottetown about Japanese customs and getting let go  after asking his boss for a raise as his boss didn’t know  Ferguson was being paid for his column in the first place.

 He observed things worked out in the end as he ended up getting a job writing a travel/ adventure column for Macleans magazine.

“ They told me to write it from the perspective of a tourist to Canada, which is how I always kind of felt anyway,” he said.
 Then he laughed he had an expense account, covering “all reasonable expenses,” and put a helicopter ride on it so he could see a historic fort near Churchill, Manitoba.
“They asked me about it and I said ‘all reasonable expenses.’ They said ‘It‘s a helicopter ride.’ So I don’t work at Macleans anymore,” he laughed. However that lead to a gig with Flare Magazine, which lead to  memorable trips all across the country including Moose Jaw.

Once that ended, he started compiling  his columns into a books.

 He wound up his presentation by joking about Cracker Jacks, laughing “ You used to get a toy in them which you put together, now it comes in a bag and all you get is a piece of paper with a quote on it,” he said.
 The  Project Muse chamber music group ended the afternoon with a set of pretty classical music.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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