Unless a community understands where it has come from, it probably won’t understand how its distinct personality came to be – or be able to create an inclusive future. The creation of that understanding is the mission behind the Edmonton Heritage Council.
The Council offers many ways to explore and broaden Edmontonians’ understanding of their city and its past, including the City as Museum project. Since heritage doesn’t lie solely within the walls of museums and in the hands of heritage professionals, the project works to find the city’s story in archives, neighbourhoods and in the passion projects of individuals and organizations that don’t necessarily identify as heritage workers. Dozens of Edmontonians have participated in “mystery tours”, where they visit unexpected spots around the city to learn about these unearthed stories.
SEF supported the Council through financing to improve and expand its operations through new office space.