Thoughts on Museums and Heritage Experiences

Edmonton City as Museum Project: New article on Louise Umphreville

North Wind co-founder Tom Long has a new article up for the Edmonton City as Museum Project. Click here for a full length article on Louise Umphreville, Edmonton’s forgotten Métis matriarch. If you are interested, check out our web-based presentation on Louise as an excellent accompaniment. In person, Tom tells the stories he has been givenContinue reading “Edmonton City as Museum Project: New article on Louise Umphreville”

Upcoming appearance: North Saskatchewan Heritage River Panel, April 7

Tom is joining a panel to discuss the heritage value of the North Saskatchewan River. North Wind feels honoured to join people we’ve looked up to for a long time, Paula Simons and Billie Milholland. Look forward to a story about the North Saskatchewan as the crossroads of the continent, and John Rowand’s race toContinue reading “Upcoming appearance: North Saskatchewan Heritage River Panel, April 7”

Interpre-Memes, Pt 2

More training tools for interpreters that go beyond a dry text-heavy document. Find the other Intrepre-Memes here. This is one is one of my favourites, even if it comes from the author of “White Man’s Burden”. The next was a recent discovery while reading Tolkien’s Letters. It is, I will admit, written a very OxfordContinue reading “Interpre-Memes, Pt 2”

From word balloons to historic sites: What heritage can learn from graphic historical fiction

Comic books and history are not strangers. Next time you are in your local bookstore, find the (nowadays guaranteed) graphic novel section -stroll past the men in tights and teen manga- and you may find some of these interesting works of historical fiction. As museum and heritage people, there’s a lot we can learn.  1.     Continue reading “From word balloons to historic sites: What heritage can learn from graphic historical fiction”

Two new historical presentations!

We’ve been hard at work this fall and have come up with two new presentations to offer via webinar: CITY OF CHAMPIONS: Stories of Petitions, Protests, and Action in Edmonton’s Past.  Length: 1 hour – 1:30 hours.Recommended audience: 3-30 personsDelivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.From fur traders’ demands to suffragists’ demonstrations, Edmonton has been home toContinue reading “Two new historical presentations!”

Maslow’s Hierarchy in Interpretive Training

The easiest needs to satisfy according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are the basics. An optimal learning environment needs to be comfortable, safe and have adequate facilities to provide for students’ needs. Washrooms must be not only available, but easily accessible. Rooms need to be reasonably quiet and have adequate heating or air conditioning inContinue reading “Maslow’s Hierarchy in Interpretive Training”

Exhibits with Impact

Coco Chanel advised, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” When it comes to accessories, some is good and more is more. The same can be said about exhibit cases. We often get caught up in our own stories, lost in the jewel boxes of our collections andContinue reading “Exhibits with Impact”


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