Your story matters! Join Sarah Knowles and author, poet and social historian Adriana Davies for a discussion about capture and write your personal or family history using photographers, diaries, oral histories and letters. Writing your story for posteriety for museum archives and local history books serves as an important way for researchers, historians and museums and archives to understand a community’s history and the way of life of its residents over time.
In 2021, the Canmore Museum launched the Stories That Matter platform. It was conceived as a way to collect and share stories that matter to our community and as a way to build bridges, create community memory and promote a deeper understanding of our shared history and one another. This workshop will highlight how write a story that shares insights into daily life, culture and traditions, work, recreation, milestones and anniversaries and community life and leaves a lasting legacy of you and your family.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Adriana Davies is a well-known researcher, writer, editor and poet. She was the Executive Director of the Alberta Museums Association for thirteen years and Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation for ten years. Under her leadership, the Foundation created the Alberta Online Encyclopedia comprising 84 multi-media websites, which were gifted to the University of Alberta in 2009. She is the author of From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J. B. Taylor (2014) and co-editor of The Frontier of Patriotism: Alberta and the First World War (2016) and author of From Soujourners to Citizens: Alberta’s Italian History (2021). She is also working on her own personal memoir. Dr. Davies was invested in the Order of Canada, in 2010 for her contributions to heritage. In 2015, she was awarded a knighthood (Cavaliere d’Italia) by the Government of Italy for her contributions to the preservation of the Italian language and culture, and her research and publications on Italian immigration to Canada.
Sarah Knowles serves as the Canmore Museum’s Visitor + Membership Services Officer. With a background in community-based anthropology and a passion for social history, Sarah is a trained anthropologist, cross cultural communicator, and youth program creator and facilitator. From a young age, Sarah has cared deeply about people and knows the importance and power of community. Through her Master’s degree in Anthropology from Western University, and her BA Honours in Anthropology and International Development from Trent University, she has learned how to listen and learn from diverse sets of people and how to help facilitate strong community- centered programing. Sarah is fully trained in qualitative research, skills she has honed through her Master’s thesis which included field research in Pune, India and extensive textual analysis of 100s of online blogs. She further grew her research expertise during an internship with the strategy department at the Girl Guides of Canada head offices where she helped plan, conduct, and analyse various research projects. She is also equipped with participatory research and evaluation skills that have allowed her to successfully engage and learn from communities in Canada and Ghana, West Africa. Sarah has worked with people of all ages but especially enjoys working with youth. Sarah is excited to be working in a museum environment and to engage with the Canmore community, where she will particularly enjoy the many hiking and other outdoor opportunities.