Students have a blast with the past

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When it comes to classrooms, students prefer historic equipment to what’s used today.

 

Julie McIntosh from the local embroiderer’s guild shows students some sewing basics on Friday at the Prince Albert Historical Museum. 

When it comes to classrooms, students prefer historic equipment to what’s used today.

After one of many sessions teaching calligraphy to youngsters, Prince Albert Historical Society volunteer Rita Dyer said that students are quite receptive to the art form.

“They get the feeling of how students in the old days wrote when they went to school,” she said. “A lot of them want it in their schools!”

Dyer’s calligraphy sessions accompanied various other lessons spread throughout the Prince Albert Historical Museum on Thursday and Friday, in recognition of Culture Days — the third annual province-wide national celebration of culture.

It was the best Culture Days yet for the Prince Albert Historical Museum, with almost 200 people walking through the museum’s doors on Thursday and Friday.

“We’ve had a lot more people through the museum and there seems to be more interest in the community, so there are more walk-ins, which is really good,” museum curator Michelle Taylor said.

In the museum’s basement, volunteers with the embroiderer’s guild taught students some sewing basics, while other museum volunteers made ice cream and butter with students in the museum’s tearoom.

“They’re good butter makers — they really are,” museum volunteer Joyce Trach said of the group of enthusiastic students. “They love it!”

The next big day for the Prince Albert Historical Museum will be on Remembrance Day, when more wartime-specific displays will be set up for those recognizing the day.

The museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with coffee and snacks available.

Culture Days will continue in Prince Albert this weekend with the following events:

• Mapping Memories of Home and Away Art Workshop at the Mann Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

• First Nations Crafts at the Gateway Mall from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

• “What does culture look like to you?” photography display at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

• Two Story Café, at the Indigenous Peoples Artistic Collective of Prince Albert Inc, at 1010 Central Avenue, on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Organizations: Prince Albert Historical Museum, Prince Albert Historical Society, Prince Albert Inc Mann Art Gallery First Nations Crafts John M. Cuelenaere Public Library

Geographic location: 1010 Central Avenue

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