Speaking of the Past
We’re back with another outstanding line-up of presenters bringing history alive in an in-depth and entertaining way. This season there are two ways to experience the series; in person and online.
In person seating is very limited, get your ticket now or register to receive an online video link.
Thursday, September 17
Marnie Bondar: Granddaughter of 4 Holocaust Survivors
As the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, Marnie Bondar grew up well-fed on chicken soup and extraordinary stories of survival and heroism. A tight bond with her Babi, Freda Plucer, remained until Freda’s death in January 2020 and the two shared a lifelong commitment to standing up to intolerance and discrimination. Once Freda was no longer able to share her experiences from the Holocaust, including life in the ghetto and in the Auschwitz concentration camp, Marnie stepped in to ensure that her Babi’s holocaust experience was shared through her work with the Calgary Jewish Federation, Second Voices Project.
Don’t forget to visit the Anne Frank a History for Today exhibit, showing in the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women through October 12.
Thursday, October 15
Secret Mission: Uncovering the Story of Our Mission and its District
Why the French street names in the Mission district? And why does it seem to have a Catholic emphasis? Local historian and master interpreter Doug Coats tells the story of Father Lacombe’s independent little village across 17th Avenue from Calgary and how it became the trendy district it is today. Here is the whole sweep of Western Canadian history: First Nations, Métis, missionaries, Mounted Police, railways and the growth of a city.
Thursday, November 19
Recreating an Alberta Legend
Meet Marion Moodie; poet, naturalist and the first fully trained nurse to receive her diploma in Alberta. Sylvia Harnden, Heritage Park’s Curator reveals the compassion that characterized her family and lead to her career and legacy in nursing. Meg Furler; Costume Designer will outline the research and intricate needlework process involved in reconstructing an authentic nursing uniform. Finally meet Marion Moodie herself as portrayed by character interpreter Leslie McLeod.