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The Heritage Community Foundation gratefully acknowledges the financial investment by the Department of Canadian Heritage in the creation of this on-line presentation for the Virtual Museum of Canada

Project partners are as follows:

Heritage Community Foundation

The Heritage Community Foundation (Charitable number: 87082 2541 RR0001) is a charitable trust that links people with heritage through discovery and learning. Its priorities are development of online learning resources; creation of experiential learning opportunities for children and youth; and research into painful aspects of our history for public education and healing.

The World Wide Web has been chosen as the primary medium for communicating media-rich heritage content to educational users and the general public. The Heritage Community Foundation develops and resources web development projects that showcase the historical, natural, cultural, scientific and technological heritage of Alberta. Both public and private-sector partners are involved in online content development.

An important aspect of the Foundation's web development strategy is its Web Advisory Council made up of heritage professionals and stakeholders. The Council advises the Foundation on the development of online learning resources for the Alberta Online Encyclopedia and other new media initiatives.

For more information, please visit our organizational site: http://www.heritagecommunityfdn.org

Central Alberta Regional Museums Network (CARMN)

The Central Alberta Regional Museums Network (CARMN) is a consortium of community-based museums working together to foster research, publications and educational programs dealing with the rich and varied heritage of central Alberta. The museums preserve, study and interpret the heritage of central Alberta and are largely volunteer-based. They offer displays, information and programs to help the public learn about the development of these communities and the region. As well, these museums seek to put a face on the people of the region, presenting their experience, traditions and contributions.

The following are members of CARMN:

• Alberta Central Railway Museum, Wetaskiwin
• Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Red Deer
• Alix Wagon Wheel Museum
• Anthony Henday Museum, Delburne
• Bentley Museum
• Big Valley Historical Society
• Bowden Pioneer Museum
• Breton and District Historical Museum
• Canadian Northern Railway Society, Camrose
• Castor and District Museum
• Dickson Store Museum
• Didsbury and District Museum
• Donalda and District Museum
• Dr. George House, Innisfaul
• Ellis Bird Farm, Joffre
• Fort Ostell Museum, Ponoka
• Historic Fort Normandeau, Red Deer
• Historic Markerville Creamery
• Innisfail Historical Village
• Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Red Deer
• Kneehill Historical Museum., Three Hills
• Michener House Museum, Lacombe
• Millet and District Museum and Exhibition Room
• Mirror and District Museum
• Mountain View Museum, Olds
• Nordegg Historic Site
• Nose Creek Valley Museum, Airdrie
• Pas-ka-poo Historical Museum, Rimbey
• Red Deer and District Museum and Archives
• Rocky Mountain House Museum
• Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
• Roulston Museum, Carstairs
• Saint Ann Ranch Country Inn Museum and
   Interpretive Centre, Trochu
• Smithson International Truck Museum, Rimbey
• Stephansson House, Markerville
• Stettler Town and Country Museum
• Sundre Pioneer Village Museum
• Sunnybrook Farm Museum and Interpretive Centre,
   Red Deer
• Trochu and District Museum
• Wetaskiwin and District Museum
• Wheels of Time Museum, Caroline
• Yesteryear Artifacts Museum, Rowley

Folklife Program at the Provincial Museum of Alberta

The virtual exhibit draws on two projects undertaken by the Central Alberta Regional Museums Network (CARMN) with funding support from the Museums Alberta Regional Museums Grants Program. Two projects were undertaken by CARMN:

Who We Are: The Women of Aspenland Project began in 1995 and initially involved 11 community museums in documenting the lives of local women, and creating museum exhibits.

Aspenland 1998: Local Knowledge and a Sense of Place, a publication in which a range of writers explore different aspects of place in central Alberta.

Both projects were led by David J. Goa, Curator of Folklife at the Provincial Museum of Alberta and Morris Flewwelling, Executive Director of the Red Deer and District Museum.  Each of the participating network museums decided that each year they would document the lives and work of a few women in their respective communities.

CKUA Radio Network Inc.

The CKUA Radio Network has been operating in Alberta, Canada for more than 70 years. One of the world's oldest public broadcasters, CKUA now maintains its eclectic mix of music and educational programs over a network of 16 FM transmitters, one AM transmitter and one satellite. The Internet carries our popular Real Audio broadcast to more than 37 countries.

After seventy years, CKUA remains a unique and exciting public broadcaster--rich in tradition, and fresh and innovative in its programming and business operations. CKUA continues to accomplish significant milestones and continually developed its roots across Alberta.

Since the Government of Alberta privatized the station in 1994, CKUA has been governed by the non-profit CKUA Radio Foundation, through a combination of commercials, corporate underwriting of programs, and listener donations. CKUA truly is public radio, freely supported by our listener base.

CKUA and the Heritage Community Foundation are proud to present the Heritage Trails, a 500-vignette series of features about Alberta history

Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery, Library and Archives

The Glenbow Museum has been a long-standing partner of the Heritage Community Foundation on many of our website projects.  As a result, the websites have gained incredible authenticity and integrity through the vast array of images selected from the Glenbow's extensive on-line catalogue.  We are very proud to have them as a partner on this virtual exhibit and look forward to continuing what has become a very productive partnership.

The Glenbow is western Canada's largest museum, with over 93,000 square feet of exhibition space spreading over three floors. More than 20 galleries are filled with artifacts from Glenbow's collection of over a million objects.

The art collection contains some 28,000 works which date primarily from the 19th century to the present. Glenbow acquires historical, modern and contemporary works from the northwest quadrant of North America, focusing on the representation of this region and its place in western Canada. 

Glenbow's Library is a treasure house of reference materials on western Canada. More than 100,000 books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, and pamphlets capture the people and events that have shaped our western Canadian heritage.

Glenbow Archives, one of Canada's largest non-governmental repositories, is a major research centre for historians, writers, students, and the media. It houses an extensive collection of unpublished archival records of individuals, families, organizations and businesses, including 3500 metres of textual records, over a million photographs, 350 hours of film footage, and 1500 sound recordings.



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