16:00 — 17:30
Canmore Museum, 902B 7th Ave, Canmore, AB, T1W 3K1, Canada
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Your story matters! Join Sarah Knowles and local author, photographer, and political analyst Stephen Legault for a discussion about how to capture and write your personal or family history.  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.


Stephen Legault is the author of fifteen books, including most recently Taking a Break from Saving the World (2020) and the photo-essay book Where Rivers Meet: Photographs and Stories from the Bow Valley and Kananaskis (2019). He is a full-time writer, photographer, political analyst and strategy consultant.
He has been writing since 1988, and for nearly as long has been leading national and international conservation programs and organizations. He recently served as program director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). His writing includes nine murder mystery novels, books of essays on Buddhism and Taoism and a collection of works by 25 authors on Alberta’s Bow Valley. Stephen lives in Canmore, Alberta with his wife Jenn, and two sons, Rio and Silas.

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.

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April 25, 2022
16:00 - 17:30
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Canmore Museum
(403) 678-2462
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