Alberta For Sale!

With Archives Week just around the corner, Vino (archivist) and I made sure that Musée Héritage Museum brought its game.

Every year, the Archives Society of Alberta encourages archives from across the province to submit photographs from their collections that embody the annual theme. This year's theme, "Alberta For Sale" had us pull out the best of our local business advertisements!

ALBERTA.png

I created this poster for Archives Week on Canva, my go-to free graphic design site - the same one I used to make my poster for the SLA 2015 conference back in June!

It's an exciting Archives Week for Musée Héritage Museum, because one of our submissions ended up being on the cover for the 2016 calendar! Read the museum's blog entry about it here!

This beauty featuring a very 80s Wayne Gretzky belongs to the extensive photograph collection in our Victor Post fonds, which commemorates the work of a well-recognized photographer from St. Albert.

This beauty featuring a very 80s Wayne Gretzky belongs to the extensive photograph collection in our Victor Post fonds, which commemorates the work of a well-recognized photographer from St. Albert.

For part of our display, I searched for ads local to St. Albert from older issues of the St. Albert Star and St. Albert Gazette, which ranged from the 1910s to the 1960s. I wanted to recreate one of those advertisement walls where people staple and paste their posters over top of one another's (although, we opted for painter's tape as a much less damaging alternative). All of the newspaper ads used are available on the public domain through the University of Alberta's own Peel's Prairie Provinces database. This resource provides access to a multitude of older newspapers, images, and maps from the Canadian prairies, and is definitely worth checking out.

I was happy to briefly step away from my main project to help out with this task, especially after seeing all of the book displays created by my colleagues who work in public and academic libraries.

The advertisement wall on display at Musée Héritage Museum from October 3-9, 2015.

The advertisement wall on display at Musée Héritage Museum from October 3-9, 2015.

Please come to Musée Héritage Museum to see our great spread of archival material as well as our current exhibit called, The Street Where You Live! 

Be sure to visit the other archives across Alberta this coming week to see what they have For Sale!