Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Alberta Culture and Community Services: calling on all museums and archives

Alberta Culture and Community Services is currently in the preliminary stages of developing a website exploring the rich and diverse history of Alberta’s energy resources. The website will seek to engage Albertans on one of the essential aspects of our shared history by focusing on compelling visuals and narratives, attending to the human story of energy resource development, and emphasizing photographic, documentary, artifact, and multi-media collections. 

The areas to be explored include conventional oil, natural gas, oil sands, coal, and premodern / alternate forms of energy. The website will rely heavily on multimedia elements. As such, Alberta Culture and Community Services is calling on all museums and archives that might have relevant artifact / image / oral history / video / audio etc. collections. They are also interested in any “leads” on people that might have relevant collections and/or could be interviewed for the project. The site will profile communities and people throughout Alberta with connections to the energy resource industries and will be integrated into the Alberta curriculum, so this represents an excellent opportunity for museums and archives to promote their collections. 

If you have relevant collections or wish to discuss this further, please contact: 

Matthew Wangler 
Manager, Historic Places Research and Designation Program 
Alberta Culture and Community Services 
Historic Resources Management Branch 
8820-112 Street 
Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 
Tel: (780) 438-8503 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000

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