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Heritage Festival 2011: Crafts of our Past

The Esplanade Museum and Archives, in partnership with more than 20 local organizations, celebrate Medicine Hat’s heritage with a public one-day festival on Saturday, August 6th.

This year’s theme is “Crafts of our Past” and is inspired by the current exhibition in the Esplanade Heritage Gallery: Handmade by Altaglass – an exhibit, which chronicles the development of one of Medicine Hat’s unique companies. Also, the theme is very fitting, and completes the Esplanade Glass Filled Summer, along with the Esplanade Art gallery two contemporary glass exhibitions: Natural Flow: Alberta Contemporary Glass and Susan Rankin: Valid Objects of Beauty.

“This year’s we are showcasing crafts of our past, such as glassmaking, and acknowledging how important these were in edifying our community, and how they are still very much important today ,” explains Philip Pype, Archivist.

More than 20 heritage groups and organizations are participating in this year’s festival, contributing to a full schedule of events throughout the day, including:

  • Live music in the Studio Theatre
  • Vintage toy making in the Discovery Centre
  • Storytelling in the Galleries Foyer
  • Tours of the Ewart-Duggan House
  • Information on the Heritage Garden by Heritage Resources Committee members
  • Solar Telescope presented by the Medicine Hat Astronomy Club
  • Free Admission to the Esplanade galleries
  • Community Showcase
  • and more!

The Festival begins at 10 AM on Saturday, Aug. 6 and wraps up around 4:30 PM.

The Heritage Festival at the Esplanade is a free public event that will occur rain or shine. All are welcome to attend, though children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details, visit

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