THE FUTURE OF OUR PAST: LOCAL HERITAGE�AS A NATIONAL ISSUE


March 22, 2007 :: Ron Ulrich and Wendy Aitkens
Moderated by

Last fall, the Federal Government announced cuts to funding for the MAP program which funds community museums across Canada.� Also cut at the same time were funds for volunteer programs on which many community museums depend.�

The Government has since indicated that new funding might become available, tied to a rethinking of heritage policy as it relates to museums across Canada; National Museums and others like the Galt Museum and Archives.

Thus, a window of opportunity has opened for citizens and their communities to begin a public debate on the place and importance of local and regional heritage in Canadian society.

��� - What is the�operational status of�local heritage organizations?� Should they be revenue-generators or civic institutions, or both?
��� - How should local and national heritage institutions be related in terms of an overall heritage policy?� How should they be supported?
��� - What is happening at the Provincial government level?
��� - How can citizens and their communities take part in these debates?

Speakers: Ron Ulrich and Wendy Aitkens

Ron Ulrich has been Chief Executive Officer of the Galt Museum and Archives since 2002.� In April 2007, he will commence a new position as Director of the Jewish Museum and Archives in Vancouver.

Wendy Aitkens is Curator of the Galt Museum and Archives.� She is also currently President of the Alberta Museums Association.


Moderator: William Ramp

Location: Sven Ericksen�s Family Restaurant (lower level)
1715 Mayor Magrath Drive S., Lethbridge, Alberta

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. / Cost: $8.00 includes lunch

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Session moderated by William Ramp: William Ramp teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge, and is vice-chair of the Board of the Galt Museum and Archives.


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