In collaboration with the University of Lethbridge and the Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT), the Galt Museum & Archives is venturing on a new and exciting oral history project.
U of L student Shelby Forster is a second-year History major. A member of a three-generation farming family herself, Shelby will be conducting interviews to gather everyday stories from the region about family farming and irrigation.
“Farming technology is changing so quickly. We need to record how people used to live and farm before we lose those stories and the knowledge that comes with them”, says Forster.
The COHT is overseen by Dr. Heidi MacDonald at the university. It seeks to further excellence in the practice of oral history in the academic milieu and in the Southern Alberta community at large.
COHT helps researchers develop their research into new ideas; identify, establish, and assist oral history projects undertaken in Southern Alberta in general to provide a link to the outer research world.
The Oral History Collection will be housed at the Galt Museum & Archives.
“This history is crucial to Southern Alberta. The Galt is excited about this partnership with COHT”, says Galt CEO Susan Burrows-Johnson.
If you or someone you know has a family farming and irrigation story to share, please call 403-320-4197 to be part of this important oral history collection.