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Our American Roots

The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre Museum is pleased to host an introductory presentation on our American roots by new Museum Curator, Robert Bruce Shepard, on Sunday April 17th 2011, beginning at 2 p.m in the Cutbanks room.

Issues surrounding the Canada/U.S. border are nothing new, but since the 9/11 attacks they have become more complex, emotional and costly. Many Canadians have experienced the effects of this new border climate and some have been reevaluating their personal as well as their country’s relationship with its huge southern neighbor. Such examinations have led to some surprising revelations for many western Canadians, particularly how many family connections extend south of the border.

The new Museum Curator at the Esplanade, Robert Bruce Shepard, has been investigating the American presence on the Canadian Plains for decades. One of his findings was that the United Farmers of Alberta, a significant agrarian organization, one time governing party of the province and still a major cooperative, had important American roots. He will be discussing this and related matters at the Sunday public event. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be served following the presentation. There will be time to meet the new Curator and discuss both the presentation and the Museum’s plans for the future.

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