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November 14, 2013

Alberta Community Group to Star in Lead Role at Governor General’s History Awards

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There was Gabriel Dumont - Louis Riel’s Lieutenant, Irene Parlby – a champion of rural women, cabinet minister and one of the Famous Five, and James Gadsby – American Civil War veteran and sharp shooter. While these legendary Alberta residents lived in the early 1800s and 1900s, their memory is still alive thanks to an innovative project at the Boomtown Trail Community Initiatives Society.

The Community Initiative Society’s ‘Bringing History and Culture to Life’ project immerses their audience in the past by first-person presentations of Alberta’s once colourful residents. Adorned in turn-of-the-century authentic costumes, local volunteers share their characters’ experiences and legacy. Their stories are the collaborative effort of area residents and members from museums, historical societies and the university. These characters have appeared at events like Dessert Theatre and Walk Among Us and this model is now being adopted by other communities in Canada. For fostering community pride and enhancing civic memory, the Boomtown Trail Community Initiatives Society’s ‘Bringing History and Culture to Life’ project is this year’s English recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming.

Excellence in Community Programming celebrate programming developed by volunteerled heritage, community and cultural organizations at the grassroots level. Members of the Boomtown Trail Community Initiatives Society and Corporation Spect-Arts will receive this prestigious award from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Tuesday, November 19th in Ottawa at 10:30a.m. at Rideau Hall. In addition to the trip to Ottawa and the medal they receive, each recipient organization will also receive a cash prize of $2,500 thanks to the generous support of Spectra Energy.

The Governor General’s History Awards bring together community and museum organizations, students, teachers, historians, writers and media producers to celebrate as well as learn from each other.

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