Archives Week 2019

Theme: Visit Us!

Archives Week: October 4 - 11

Archives Week is celebrated annually during the first week of October. The week includes events at archives across the province and a increased social media presence. In the past, calendars and online exhibits were part of the week. This year's theme is Visit Us! which reflects the many people who come to visit archives for work, inspiration, research, and other reasons.


For Meat’s Sake: Food and Community at Gainers

Location: Provincial Archives of Alberta, 8555 Roper Rd

When: Wednesday, October 9, 7pm

Description: For nearly a century, Gainers of Edmonton provided Western Canadian kitchens with ham, sausage, lard, and other food products. The company disappeared in the 1990s after a period of restructuring, labour unrest, and changing economic conditions in the province’s meat packing industry. Although few physical traces of the company remain, archival research using newspapers, photographs, and government records can help us rediscover the company and the community it created. While on site for this presentation, take in our latest gallery photo exhibit Food and Community. A donation to Edmonton's Food Bank is welcome.

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Shaw Family Exhibit

Location: The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum, #118 Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre 10440 - 108 Ave
When: October 4 - October 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Description: In celebration of Archives Week, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum presents the Shaw Family exhibit. Many of our research requests come from people looking for more information on a relative who served. This display features some of the materials from the Shaw family; brothers Thomas and William who served in the First World War and Thomas' son Bill who served in the Second World War. The scope of materials in the collection can vary greatly between individual soldiers. This exhibit is an example of the kind of information our archives provides to visitors.

Archives Bulletin Board

Location: City of Edmonton Archives, Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, 10440 - 108 Ave

When: October 4 - 11

Description: In keeping with the theme of 'Visit Us!' for this year's Archives Week, the City of Edmonton Archives has an Archives Bulletin board for users to post discoveries. Visitors requesting to view records are encouraged to keep an eye out for something he/she discovers while viewing records. Whether it is a visually attractive piece, something odd or unusual, or something that is personally important, users can add to the board and thus reinforce their connection to Edmonton's documentary heritage.



Archives Open House

Location: Millet and District Museum, Archives and Visitor Centre, 5120-50 St, Millet

When: October 9 - 11, 8:30am - 5pm

Description: Come for a tour of the Millet Archives. We will have a display featuring the work done in the archives.


Archives At Work: Opening Reception

Location: Grande Prairie Museum (Muskoseepi Park), 10329 101 Ave

When: Friday, October 4th, 3:30-5:30pm.

Description: In celebration of Archives Week, the South Peace Regional Archives will be hosting an opening reception for our newest exhibition: Archives at Work. This display will showcase the numerous ways that our users have put archival material to work in our communities. Visitors will enjoy complimentary refreshments and tours of the Archives. All are welcome to attend.



Discovering the Musée Héritage Museum Archives

Location: Musée Héritage Museum, 5 St. Anne Street

When: Oct 4 – 11, 2019

Description: To celebrate Archives Week 2019, the Musée Héritage Museum is proud to open a new exhibit in our permanent gallery dedicated to the archives. “Discovering” is an exhibit that will highlight what an archives is, what kind of materials are found in archives, the work that goes into preservation and digitization, and also look at the need for climate control in the archives. There will be a TV screen to showcase different materials from our archives that we have digitized over the years, such as photographs, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS, beta, and more. As well, there will be a computer for people to search through our holdings. We will also be bringing back our popular Archives Challenges where people can test their interpretive skills bases on archival reproductions placed on the table and answering questions.

Our museum will also be participating in the ASA’s social media campaign to highlight different groups of people who visit archives and the diverse types of records available to them.

To register: No registration required

Credit: New Year's Eve card party at the home of Okotoks Mayor Harry and Margaret Waldron, Elma Street West, Okotoks, Alberta. ca. 1946-1949. Town of Okotoks Archives, F44f90p4.