As most of you are aware, Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley are homes to many different cultures and religous groups and most of these groups share their culture with amazing arts, dances and music.
The MSA Museum and the Abbotsford Arts Council are happy to be hosting the Arts and Heritage Unity Festival at Kariton House at 2387 Ware Street.
Come learn about the varying culture groups in an open environment. Have you ever wondered the tradition behind the Sikh turban or the Kirpan? The Shan E Khalsa Gurmat Academy would be happy to explain it to you! We will also have representatives from the Muslim Mosque explaining Ramadan, Xay:tem longhouse sharing cedar bracelet making, The Abbotsford Genealogical society teaching the importance of a family tree and so much more!
Local musicians will light up the stage, from country, to solo guitar and traditional Indian instruments.
Sun hang do will be there to show you how to kick some butt, with a korean twist.
Come learn bhangra, weaving, wool dying, henna and rangoli in our demonstration tent for a hands on look at these beautiful traditionals that make Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley such a strong, blended community.
Let education bridge cultural gaps in a fun, interactive outdoor environment!
SEE YOU THERE!!
Just in case you guys haven’t heard. The Trethewey House is hosting an exhibit known as the Prints from the CPR Magic Lantern. I spent all of last week organizing our heritage home, preparing it for 50 large prints. I got the opportunity to hang the artwork myself, with the help of fellow student Pam. What a hard job when you consider that we cannot put any nails into our plaster walls from 1920! Thank goodness for J.O. Trethewey’s extensive use of picture rails throughout the house (and Reta Trethewey for demanding it!).
These blown up digital prints were created by local artist Micheal Lawlor and will be dipslayed in our heritage home from August 15th to October 20th, 2010.
These prints were blown up from hand painted slides that were usually smaller than a 4X6 standard photograph (!!). These meticulously detailed slides were backlit by candlelight and shown to people worldwide hoping to evoke interest in settling in Canada.
All of the scenes and locations showcased were able to be seen or accessed via stops along the Canadian Pacific Railway. There’s a stop specfically in Abbotsford!
Stop by between 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm every day for a tour of our heritage home and to take a look at visions seen from the National railway that shapped our beautiful city in the country!!
|photo cred: Pam|
We are also still working on our educational kits and are aiming to have them done by the time the new school year rolls around. Elementary school teachers will get to choose from a variety of kits, including but not limited to: School Days (what school was like for children in the 1800s), Crossing the Pacific (the story of Sikh, Chinese and Japanese immigrants to Canada), Outlaws and Heroes (self-explanatory). Thanks for reading and hope to see you here at the museum one of these days!
Lately, I’ve been doing lots of research for an educational school kit for children called Outlaws and Heros! This kit is going to be all about the pioneer era, focusing on a few infamous outlaws of the Wild West, some of whom, like Billy Miner, actually lived in B.C. in their lifetimes. Before this kit, I had never really been a Wild West fan, but what I’ve learned so far has really changed my mind. The exciting lives of these Western outlaws bring up countless important historical questions about the societies they lived in and the events that influenced their actions. Questions such as, who were these people? What brought them to break the law? What was the law system in the U.S. like in the late 1800s and early 1900s? How is it comparable to the justice system both the U.S. and Canada have now? How did the invention of trains effect their lives? What about the Gold Rush? How did the police force try and stop the crime? And of course, how did all these elements effect this area of the lower mainland? Those are only a few of the questions I will be answering in the school kit and the information will come with fun props and pictures to further illustrate what it would have been like to have lived in the pioneer era. If you have any information that you think would be fun for kids about the Wild West, the RCMP, or trains, I’d love to hear it!
Friday, I got the chance to look through old magazines and books from the early to mid 1900s. Some of them were even from the 1920s! I love looking through old literature to see what people thought, what people liked and what was in style almost 90 years ago. It’s neat to think that while some things have changed, many things have definitely stayed the same!
Don’t forget to sign your children up for a week-long MSA Museum summer camp! Everyday is a super fun but still educational theme! The dates are: July 26-30, August 9-13 and August 23-27. The camps are for kids who are 6-10 years old. It is $75 for the week, and only $65 if you are signing up two or more kids!