Dragon mask from the collection.


Cultural Communities

Every immigrant community has contributed to the history of Alberta. We collect artifacts from these communities in order to record their triumphs, failures and sometimes just everyday life. Whether these objects are valuable heirlooms or simply a photograph they all help us understand people who are, and were, newcomers to Alberta.

There are over 15,000 objects in the collection, including an extensive collection of oral histories and historic photographs.

  • The collection represents people from over 75 distinct cultures and 50 religious groups
  • We have one of the largest religious collections in Canada
  • The collection is particularly strong in clothing and textiles
  • Over the years we have interviewed over 200 people and documented many events resulting in over 400 hours of audio and video recordings
  • There are over 3000 photographs and slides in the collection – these capture everything from early settlement communities to recent Cariwest parades.

We work with communities throughout Alberta and are always looking for opportunities to partner with different cultural groups. Please reach out to us if you have an upcoming event that you think we should know about, if you want our help with an upcoming project or simply have ideas about what we could do together.

an image of a mammoth
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