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When most people think of the Calgary Stampede they imagine cowboy hats, boots, mouth-watering Midway foods, rides and rodeos—but did you know that the Stampede is also a leading organization when it comes to environmental protection? Our Stampede Family is dedicated to protecting our environment year-round, both on Park and in the broader community. I have the privilege of working with many of these individuals as the Stampede’s Environmental Consultant and we are doing our best to add a little green to the Stampede’s red and white! Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day, and the theme this year is focused on ending plastic pollution. With this in mind, I wanted to highlight a few of the plastic reduction and clean-up initiatives we have taken at the Calgary Stampede. Riverbank Clean Up: When the river bank clean-up started more than 20 years ago, it began with a simple mission: to clean up the banks of the Elbow River that runs through Stampede Park. This mission has since grown into a long-standing tradition that has helped us build community, encourage pride of place and protect the environment. As a community focused organization, environmental protection has always been top of mind for the […]
Since we are always looking for objects and records that can help us tell the Stampede and our community stories, we acquire year-round for the archives and collections. These are objects that we do not already have and can contribute something new to our understanding of our history. Recent acquisitions include books, belt buckles, slides and postcards. We have also made a permanent loan agreement for objects that can help us better tell the story of our relationship with our First Nations partners, and Stampede material that we did not previously have. These are just a few of many highlights to share. One of the most common things we receive for the collection are photographs, which can come in a variety of mediums- digital, prints, negatives, or slides. This past year slides were accessioned that include the 1959 parade and from when Prince Charles and Prince Andrew were honoured guests. These personal snapshots provide a glimpse into the parade that we might not otherwise have. One of the biggest challenges will be planning a digital strategy, which will ensure their preservation long into the future, and allow for digital access and sharing. Sometimes we acquire books and catalogues that help […]