Join a MAG staff member for last chance tour of the exhibition Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning (closes March 9).

Drop-in; all are welcome.

History in the PM

Transit in the Town

Continuing our theme of transportation, we will focus on the town/city of Red Deer and see how infrastructure developed and changed to meet the needs of the growing community. There were many businesses and personalities who shaped how Red Deerians get around, and their stories provide a lively insight into our history.

Pre-register or drop in. For ages 16+.

Register - History in the PM (April 10)

History in the PM

Transportation and Railways

It may seem mundane, but people’s ability to move around and travel has significant implications for the lives of people and the success, or failure, of towns and settlements. This evening, we will explore the impact of railways in western Canada, and on the history of Red Deer specifically. The railways changed Red Deer much more than you might think!

Pre-register or drop in. For ages 16+.

Register - History in the PM (April 10)

History in the PM

Fur Trade

The fur trade shaped Canada, but what was the fur trade actually like?

Delving beyond the basics of beaver pelts and voyageurs, this presentation will explore some of the dynamics of the fur trade, including the role of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, the rivalries between major companies, and some of the early fur traders who ventured into the area that is now Alberta and expanded European knowledge of the area.

Pre-register or drop in. For ages 16+.

Register - History in the PM (March 13)

Red Deer Scene is Red Deer’s Live Music and Art Events Magazine and a source for everything to do with arts, live music and entertainment in our city.

Join us at the museum on Friday, March 1st for #FirstFridaysRedDeer as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this monthly publication! Featuring live music courtesy of Jesse Roads, light refreshments and snacks.

Also see the current exhibit Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning before it closes on March 9th.

Drop-in; all are welcome.

(l-r) Kyle Key, publisher of Red Deer Scene, and Carl Stretton, creator of Red Deer Scene

About #FirstFridaysRedDeer

On the first Friday of every month, join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebrating local, regional and national artistic talent. The galleries buzz with art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and maybe some entertainment. Suitable for adults, youth, families, date nights, music lovers, culture-vultures and anyone who enjoys kicking off their weekend with a Friday night party.

View the monthly First Fridays schedule on the Red Deer Arts Council’s website.

Join special guest Louie Palu for a talk and tour of his exhibition, Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning. Louie will be speaking to his experiences as a photographer in the Arctic, the importance of photographing the north, his origins story, and more.

Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning documents the vestigial legacies of the Cold War and the increased military presence in the North American Arctic today. Taken as a whole, the series of photographs examines the growing geopolitical tensions and changing life around Inuit communities in one of the planet’s most extreme and challenging places.

Free to attend, all are welcome!

Join us for a special talk with award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Louie Palu, whose exhibition Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning is currently on display at the museum.

In this presentation, Louie will be speaking on his experiences as a National Geographic photographer covering social political issues, his motivations and inspiration for his work.

While this program is free to attend, registration is required.

This exhibition of Louie Palu’s photographs that document the vestigial legacies of the Cold War and the increased military presence in the North American Arctic today. Taken as a whole, the series of photographs examines the growing geopolitical tensions and changing life around Inuit communities in one of the planet’s most extreme and challenging places.

Register: Conversation with Louie Palu (Feb. 3, 10 am)

History of Quilts in Alberta

with Lucie Heins

Join us at the MAG for a talk with Lucie Heins, Assistant Curator at the Royal Alberta Museum and author of Alberta Quiltmakers and Their Quilts, who will be joining us virtually to discus the history of Quilts in Alberta. We will pull a few quilts from our own collection to look at and discuss. Q & A to follow.

*while this program takes place in-person at the MAG, Lucie will be joining us virtually. 

Online registration in this program has closed, but there are still spaces available to attend! Please give our Front Desk a call at 587.797.4040 to register in this program, or, feel free to drop-in to join us.

About Lucie Heins

Lucie is Assistant Curator in the Daily Life & Leisure program at the Royal Alberta Museum. She has a BSc and an MA in Human Ecology, majoring in clothing and textiles. Lucie has also worked on projects at the Textile Museum in Washington DC, and has attended to the textile collection under the care of the Department of Holy Places at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel.

Lucie’s research, the Alberta Quilt Project, has taken her all over Alberta, an opportunity to discover this wonderful province she has called home these past 20+ years. Lucie considers herself fortunate to have been able to conduct research on the history of Alberta quiltmakers and their quilts as part of her work.

Lucie Heins at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 2018

The Victorian “Crazy” quilt, made from luscious velvets and silks embellished with decorative embroidery stitches, is Lucie’s favourite style of quilting. It combines both her love of quilting and textiles as well as fine embroidery. Lucie lives on an acreage west of Edmonton, with her husband, Tim. They have four children and six grandchildren. Lucie loves to cook and make preserves all year long. When not working at the museum, Lucie attends to her acre-sized vegetable garden in the summer and stitches needlework projects in the winter.

Join our Exhibitions Coordinator Kim Verrier as she tours you through our current exhibitions. Kim has over 25 years in exhibitions and storytelling and provides a unique perspective on museum exhibitions.

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