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Event-filled day on Aug. 27 to benefit Lacombe & District Historical Society – Lacombe Express

Event-filled day on Aug. 27 to benefit Lacombe & District Historical Society - Lacombe Express

Lacombe will be hopping on Aug. 27 with exciting events being hosted throughout the day by the Lacombe & District Historical Society.

With the day serving as an important fundraising event for the Society, one of the key highlights will be the Servus Credit Union Harvest Dinner, explained Martin Bierens, Museum assistant.

“Servus is the title sponsor of that event,” he said, adding that proceeds will be going back to the Society to help fund everything from operations at the Michener House Museum, the Blacksmith Shop Museum and educational community programming to the creation of various exhibits.

“We kind of see it as an end-of-summer celebration,” he said.

“We also want to see it as a community-building event where we bring lots of people together and have a lot of fun.”

The four-course dinner, described as a farm-to-fork culinary experience, starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Lest We Forget Memorial Park next to the LMC.

Beer-pairing to each course will be provided by Blindman Brewing, Bierens said, adding that what’s being served that night is being kept a secret until the actual event.

The four courses will be prepared by four local chefs – an appetizer will be made by Laura Huband of Toller’s Bistro; the salad will be created by Matt Burton from FORNO; the main course is from Derek Layden of Millie Oak Cafe and Catering and dessert will be provided by George Saganis and Lance Sharpe of Leto’s Steakhouse & Bar.

Drinks will be provided by Hans Doef of Blindman Brewing.

“All the ingredients for the dinner are also being sourced from within Lacombe County,” said Bierens.

“We thought we were setting ourselves up for a big challenge but there are so many great farms who are willing to work with us – they are willing to donate for the dinner. We are really grateful,” he said. “We have so many people involved.”

Along with the dinner, there will also be silent and live auctions.

“Proceeds from both the silent and live auctions will be going to the Museum, too.”

Another highlight will be the Lacombe County 2022 Ag Tour, which will be visiting several local farms, said Bierens. Tickets for the tour must be purchased separately.

“Lacombe County actually has an Eventbrite post for that.

Also, check out the Lacombe Museum Artisan Market and the Blacksmith Shop Museum Hammer-In Festival – both will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At last count, about 20 artisans had signed up to showcase their wares at the market. “We still have spots open for last-minute sign-ups,” he said, adding that the market will be held along 49 St. As for the Hammer-In Festival, Bierens said visiting blacksmiths from all over Alberta will be in attendance.

“Both the Lacombe Museum Artisan Market and the Blacksmith Shop Museum Hammer-In Festival are free to attend. Of course, people are always welcome to donate,” he said.

Ultimately, Bierens said it’s a year of ‘firsts’.

“It’s the first year we’ve done the artisan market, the first year for the dinner and the first year for the bus tour. So we are really excited. It’s a full day of events,” he said. “And it’s going to be a blast.

“We’ve also gotten such a great community response.”

Bierens said some businesses and organizations even had approached the Society, wanting to be part of the day’s events.

“It’s really exciting to see that what we are doing here at the Museum is being recognized across the wider region.”

For tickets, check out or drop by the Flatiron Museum.

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Indian Railways launches events to highlight historical importance of trains and stations

Indian Railways launches events to highlight historical importance of trains and stations

Showcasing the role and importance of railways in the freedom struggle, Indian Railways will organise cultural shows, programmes, photo exhibitions and several other events at various stations across the country.

As many as 75 stations have been identified for the week-long programme, which is also a part of the 75th year of Independence celebrations.

According to an official release, “Nukkad Natak” (street plays), movie shows, photo exhibitions, and light and sound shows among other events, will be organised at the stations and on the last day, family members of freedom fighters will share freedom stories.

Also, under the programme, a total of 27 trains will be flagged off by the freedom fighter’s families from the originating stations. These trains will be decorated and also display information about their role in the freedom movement.

“We aim to spread values and glories of freedom struggle among the youth, who will be India’s future,” the chairman and CEO of Railway Board, Vinay Kumar Tripathi said on Monday at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi while inaugurating the event named  ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations’.

Several programmes, shows and events have been organised by various governments, organisation, bodies and others, throughout the year, to celebrate the diamond jubilee of India’s Independence.

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Henderson Historical Society sets summer events

Henderson Historical Society sets summer events

HENDERSON — The Henderson New York Historical Society is planning a variety of events this summer, including Henderson Heritage Day.

The 15th annual Henderson Heritage Day and juried craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13, when people can expect to attend a “party-picnic,” Elaine Scott, secretary of the Henderson Historical Society, said.

The day will officially begin at 8:45 a.m. with a ceremony at the society’s Arthur Rice Memorial Flag Pole. The ceremony will end at 9 a.m. when the old church bell will ring, signifying the start of the day.

Music will be provided by Tom “24” Ventiquattro from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free raffles will be available throughout the day.

The historical society also has a boat annex, named the Peters-Stevens Boat Annex to honor the families that donated and helped “preserve the boating heritage of Henderson,” according to the society’s website.

“People get lost in the boat annex,” Ms. Scott said. “It starts with the ship building during the War of 1812, and goes into the great supply freighters that were built in Henderson Harbor … That’s a lot of fun over there.”

The historical society also offers a program called “Find a Grave,” which will be available to people during regular hours on July 20 and Aug. 17.

Syracuse writer Sheila Burns will be at the historical society on July 27 and Aug. 24.

At 3 p.m. both days, Ms. Burns will be leading a program titled “Write Your Story.”

“She did a writing program for us before COVID and people were so excited they said, ‘Please, have her come back again,’” Ms. Scott said. “She’s a lot of fun.”

The team at the Henderson Historical Society is all unpaid volunteers and Ms. Scott says that they are “totally committed.”

The historical society is open from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and by appointment for researchers.

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MP to organise events at 75 historical places on International Yoga Day

Moradabad: Students participate in a yoga programme organised to create awareness for environmental cleanliness, on the eve of World Environment Day, in Moradabad, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (PTI Photo)(

The government will organise yoga events at 75 historical places across the state on June 21 to mark the International Day of Yoga.

Besides the 75 historical places, yoga sessions will be conducted in all of the state’s 52 districts.

Chief Minister on Friday took stock of the preparations during a meeting with the officials.

Chouhan, who will attend a yoga event at the Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal on June 21, said: “All the state ministers should participate in the programmes, as well as youth and social organisations.”

The Chief Minister also sought information about preparations from the collectors of Gwalior, Raisen, Chhatarpur and Anuppur districts, virtually attended Friday’s meeting.

He also directed the officials for wide publicity of the programmes.

According to officials who attended the meeting, arrangements would be made to broadcast the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief MinisterChouhan at all the venues in the state.

As per the step-by-step programme issued by the Centre, all the participants will have to be present from 6 a.m.

Chouhan’s message will be broadcast at 6.30 a.m., followed by that of the Prime Minister’s.

Yoga sessions will begin at 7 a.m.




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Schuylkill County Historical Society schedules April events

Schuylkill County Historical Society schedules April events

The Schuylkill County Historical Society has several events scheduled for April.

Gettysburg National Military Park Educator John David Hoptak will present a program on Civil War Gen. James Nagle, whose brigade played a key role in securing Burnside Bridge in the Battle of Antietam, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the society, 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville. Admission is $5 for the general public and free to society members. For more information, call 570-622-7540.

The society will host the King Coal Winery and operate with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in conjunction with the Reading & Northern Railroad’s Reading-to-Pottsville excursion. Guided tours will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the society. For more information, call 570-622-7540.

“The Doctor’s Son,” John O’Hara’s short story about the 1918 flu epidemic in this area, will be the subject of a meeting of the historical society and radio station T102’s Local Reads book club. Society volunteer Lisa Von Ahn will discuss the story and present historical context at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the society. Online access will be available. For more information, contact T102 at 570-622-1360 or the society at 570-622-7540.

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7 Times Downton Abbey Depicted Real Historical Events

Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay), Thomas Barrow (Rob James Collier), and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) on 'Downton Abbey'

Years after its final episode, Downton Abbey continues to captivate TV fans and history buffs alike for its panoramic depiction of early twentieth-century England. The period drama remains the most popular series in the history of British television, with more than 120 million viewers worldwide. The show spawned a movie in 2019, which grossed nearly $200 million, and a follow-up film is slated for release in US theaters in May of 2022.

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Downton Abbey follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants at their Yorkshire estate from 1912 to 1925. Although many of the show’s events are fabricated, the series often aims to depict a realistic portrayal of the dawning of the modern era. In doing so, it touches on some of the most famous moments in twentieth-century history.

7 The Sinking of the Titanic

The RMS Titanic Disaster on 'Downton Abbey'

The pilot episode of Downton Abbey begins with the delivery of a telegram and with it the news that the world’s largest ship, the RMS Titanic, has sunk. Both the upstairs and downstairs characters respond with shock and grief to the loss of more than 1,500 lives in one of the worst disasters in maritime history.

Since the luxury liner carried some of the wealthiest people in the world (a first-class ticket cost up to $2,560 — roughly $72,000 in 2022), the disaster greatly affected the British aristocracy, including the Crawley family. James Crawley, Lord Grantham’s (Hugh Bonneville) cousin and heir to the entire Downton Abbey estate, was onboard the liner. The question of who will inherit Downton Abbey propels the show’s first season.


6 World War One

WWI Soldiers on 'Downton Abbey'

The first season of Downton Abbey starts with a telegram delivering history-shattering news, and it ends similarly. Rumors of a looming war in Europe begin to stir among the characters after Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated. Lord Grantham receives a hand-delivered telegram announcing that Great Britain has declared war on Germany at a garden party. The date is August 4, 1914.

Season 2 begins with a title card reading “The Somme, 1916.” The Somme was one of the most significant battles in WWI — on that day alone, more than one million troops were killed, including nearly 125,000 British men. Matthew Crawley is depicted fighting on the Western Front. Many British aristocrats served during the war, including future King Edward VIII. Back at the Abbey, altruistic Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) convinces Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) to turn the estate into a convalescent home. During WWI, many country houses did open their doors to wounded soldiers.

5 The Spanish Flu

The Spanish Flu on 'Downton Abbey'

The penultimate episode of Downton’s second season centers around the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic, which infected more than 500 million people (one-third of the world’s population at the time) and took more than 50 million lives. It’s no stretch, then, that several of the characters become gravely ill, including the Crawley matriarch Cora and Matthew’s fiance, Lavinia Swire (Zoe Boyle).

Cora is at death’s door, but Lavinia’s illness seems minor, and she is calm and coherent as she discusses her future with Matthew. In a matter of hours, Cora recovers, but Lavinia takes a turn for the worse and succumbs to the disease. The show accurately depicts the surprising speed with which the Spanish Flu claimed its victims. It also makes sense that Cora survived the virus while Lavinia didn’t. Mortality was highest in healthy young people, with the median age of death being in the mid-twenties.

4 Married Love by Marie Stopes

'Married Love' by Marie Stopes on 'Downton Abbey'

Marie Stopes and her bestselling book Married Love are mentioned several times throughout the series, but it is never made explicit who exactly Stopes is and why she matters to the women of Downton. Married Love is first mentioned in season 4, episode 4, when Mrs. Hughes (Elsie Carson) says that Edna Braithwaite (Myanna Burring) cannot be pregnant because she owns a copy of the book. It is brought up again in season 5, when Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) asks her maid Anna (Joanne Froggat), to use the book to help her prevent an “unwanted epilogue” from her affair with Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen).

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It doesn’t take too many detective skills to determine that Married Love pertains to contraception. Marie Stopes (1880 – 1958) was a campaigner for women’s rights who founded the first birth control clinic in Britain. Married Love, which she published in 1918, was one of the first books to discuss family planning openly. Although Lady Mary gives Anna a copy of the book to Anna in order for her to procure birth control, this is anachronistic. It wasn’t until Stopes’ second book, Wise Parenthood (1922), she openly discussed contraception methods, including cervical caps — presumably the device that Anna buys for Lady Mary.

3 The Teapot Dome Scandal

The Teapot Dome Scandal on 'Downton Abbey'

Season 4, Episode 7 begins with news that Cora’s playboy brother, Harold (Paul Giamatti), has gotten himself in hot water and wants Robert to travel to America to help bail him out. Few details of the incident are given, apart from Cora saying it involves “a Senator Fall.”

The affair in question is the Teapot Dome Scandal, which took place from 1921 to 1923. The Secretary of the Interior, Albert Bacon Fall, was bribed into leasing Navy oil reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyoming, to private oil companies. This led to Senate investigations, criminal convictions, and Fall’s eventual imprisonment. The Teapot Dome Scandal is considered one of the most sensational scandals in the history of American political scandals, so it’s no wonder why Downton Abbey would include it in the show.

2 The Beer Hall Putsch

The Beer Hall Putsch on 'Downton Abbey'

The disappearance of Edith’s (Laura Carmichael) beau, Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards), is one of the most heart-breaking plotlines of the series. After traveling to Germany as part of a plan to Marry Edith, Gregson vanishes into thin air. Eventually, Edith receives news via Robert that he was involved in an altercation with “a group of thugs … who wear brown shirts and go around bullying people.” In season 5, episode 6, a telegram arrives at the Abbey, revealing Gregson’s fate.

The “Brownshirts,” as they are known colloquially, are Sturmabteilung — the first Nazis. The event that killed Gregson is known as the Beer Hall Putsch. On November 8, 1923, Hitler and a group of Brownshirts forced their way into a political meeting at a beer hall in Munich, attempting to stage a coup. Although the coup failed, 16 people were killed, and Hitler, who was mostly unknown at the time, made front-page headlines. Hitler went to prison, but the press he received from the Beer Hall Putsch helped him gain power upon his release.

1 The King’s First Speech on the Radio


Throughout Downton Abbey, characters are mystified by the advent of technologies that we now take for granted — the telephone, refrigerator, and hairdryer, to name a few. But perhaps the most captivating invention of all comes in the form of the radio, which the curmudgeonly Robert refuses to buy: “That people should waste hours huddled around a wooden book while listening to someone talking at them, burbling inanities from somewhere else… It’s a fad. It won’t last!”

Ultimately, Robert’s love of the monarchy makes him cave when he learns that King George V will be making a broadcast. The whole family and staff gather around a rented radio to listen to the king’s speech. The king did make his first radio broadcast on April 23, 1924, to open the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley. Around 10 million people tuned in to hear the king’s voice for the very first time.

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Event: Lacombe and District Historical Society AGM

Event: Lacombe and District Historical Society AGM

Members of the public are invited to join us on March 31st, 2022 at the Flatiron Building Museum for the Lacombe & District Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting.

One Director at Large position on the LDHS Board of Directors will be filled; 2021 finances will be reviewed and accepted; 2022-25 Strategic Plan will be updated; the Lacombe Museums Re-Imagination Plans will be reviewed, and the 2022 exhibit and event schedule will be finalized!

Members of LDHS have voting power at the AGM, however, the general public is invited and encouraged to attend to learn more about the Museums and be part of our planning process to help shape the future of LDHS in our community.

LDHS follows AHS guidelines for COVID-19 and our policies can be reviewed on our website. Should LDHS need to change the meeting to online, a Zoom link will be made available to those who RSVP on the event link.

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Artist Stan Douglas unveils historical work inspired by political events

Artist Stan Douglas unveils historical work inspired by political events

Artist Stan Douglas on the Vancouver set for his photo series Penn Station’s Half Century in 2020.Handout

During a March snowstorm in 1914, a vaudeville troupe stranded in New York’s Penn Station spent the night entertaining itself. What might such a scene have looked like?

With dramatic lighting and vintage costumes, the Canadian artist Stan Douglas conjured up the acrobats and musicians for a photographic series devoted to key moments in the life of the famed Beaux Arts building before it was demolished in 1963. Penn Station’s Half Century features elaborate set pieces that were shot at Vancouver’s Agrodome early in the pandemic and then laid over computer-generated recreations of the lost station’s grandiose waiting room.

The images were commissioned as murals for the new Moynihan Train Hall, which opened at the current Penn Station in December 2020, but the whole series can now also been seen in Canada. Montreal’s PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art ordered exhibition prints of the giant photographs as part of a show devoted to Douglas’s work that includes Penn Station’s Half Century and the 2012 photo series Disco Angola. Consider it something of an appetizer for Douglas’s next big assignment: He will be unveiling new work, inspired by political events of 2011, at the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in April.

Douglas’s photography devoted to past events is usually displayed without any history lessons taped to the wall and often raises an immediate question about context. Does the viewer in Montreal or New York need to know about vaudevillian Bert Williams and his stranded performers or – to name two other scenes featuring folk celebrities arriving at Penn Station – the Black union organizer Angelo Herndon or the Brooklyn armed robber Celia Cooney?

Knowing all the historic detail may enrich the experience but it shouldn’t suggest to the viewer that these works are simply records of events.Handout

“That’s always a question with my work. People say: ‘You have all this backstory, how can we be expected to know that?’ I don’t expect it at all,” Douglas said in a recent interview. “People who do know that will have a different experience of the work, but there should be something in the pictorial experience that should give you a clue as to what’s going on. So, it’s not a requirement to know that stuff, but it does make it a more rich experience.”

Knowing all the historic detail may enrich the experience but it shouldn’t suggest to the viewer that these works are simply records of events, moments in the life of a train station or, in the case of Disco Angola, the unlikely juxtaposition of the Angolan civil war that erupted in 1975 with the simultaneous rise of disco in New York. Instead, the scenes play with storytelling, relying on the unconscious education in image-making that we have all received through media to conjure up scenes that are as much about their own creation as their content – hence the Montreal show’s title, Revealing Narratives.

The Penn Station scenes, for example, are visibly stagy, with chiaroscuro lighting and expressive postures. In the most meta moment of the series, Douglas recreates Hollywood recreating the station for the 1945 Judy Garland movie The Clock. The Disco Angola series, imagined as the work of a fictional photojournalist who intersperses his trips to the war zone with nights at dance clubs, might let the viewer consider the way both conflict and entertainment are presented for the camera.

“If we are informed by our knowledge of the language of film and television we will understand these works,” said Cheryl Sim, the PHI curator who organized the show and compares Douglas and his photographs with the great history painters of old. “They have that grandiose and gravitas. There are so many narratives going on in the frame. … His ability to master composition is central to the work.”

Douglas is interested in history’s secondary plots and bit players – the now forgotten figures such as Cooney, the so-called Bobbed-Hair Bandit who robbed Brooklyn stores at gunpoint.

“One of my key habits or interests is to look at minor histories and to see how minor histories actually reflect a larger condition,” he said. He cites the situation of the vaudevillians trapped in the station – they had to travel to entertain – as a specific example of a more general cultural condition: Before film and TV, all entertainment was live.

Not coincidentally, the African diaspora features in many of these forgotten histories: Williams, a Bahamian-American, broke the colour barrier in vaudeville; Herndon was convicted for “insurrection” after his attempts to organize Black and white workers in Atlanta. And, in the faded spaces of midtown Manhattan’s abandoned hotels, disco emerged from Black and Latino communities as a counterculture dance movement before it ever hit Studio 54.

“I have always depicted Black people but with a very broad sense of what blackness actually is. What is Afro-German? Afro-Cuban, Afro-English, Afro-Canadian, Afro-American? All these kinds of blackness are manifested in different ways,” he said.

Douglas, born in Vancouver to Caribbean immigrants, has a long and subtle relationship with such content. He’s not that impressed with the current rage for Black art.

Douglas, born in Vancouver to Caribbean immigrants, is not that impressed with the current rage for Black art.Handout

“There’s a certain homogeneity to the way in which Black bodies are being represented these days. Unfortunately you can’t tell the artist is a person of colour unless it’s a representational image, and this has allowed a lot of regressive art to get a lot visibility. A lot of art that kind of verges on kitsch is being shown because it’s got a Black body or something, even though there are still many interesting Black artists who are doing nonrepresentational work, conceptual work.”

Educated at what was then the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (now University), Douglas has made his career in Vancouver and, despite ever-increasing international attention, still lives there when not teaching at the ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles. Part of the fertile school of West Coast photo artists that emerged in the 1980s, and which also includes Jeff Wall and Ken Lum, he finds Vancouver a useful place to work because its busy film-production industry means he can easily source lights, costumes and extras.

But it is not a large enough centre for any practitioner of the visual arts to be parochial or complacent: Douglas, who has shown around the world, will be representing Canada in Venice this spring. He is the first Black artist to be featured in the Canada Pavilion, but this is not his first Biennale; his work has been included in four previous group exhibitions there, most recently in 2019.

The Venice Biennale always encourages big and surprising unveilings, so Douglas is keeping details under his hat, but he does give a broad hint as to the historic events that will feature in the work. This Biennale, he reminds you, was supposed to take place in 2021, a decade after 2011, the year of the Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring protests. Douglas will be showing a series of photographs in the light-filled Canada Pavilion at the Biennale’s main Giardini site and screening video work at an off-site location on Giudecca. More revealing narratives are sure to follow.

Educated at what was then the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (now University), Douglas has made his career in Vancouver.Handout

Stan Douglas: Revealing Narratives continues at the PHI Foundation in Montreal to May 22 and will then tour to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax in June through November. The Venice Biennale runs from April 23 to Nov. 27.