Southern Alberta Heritage Fair

On May 5, 2019 students from across southern Alberta will meet at the Galt Museum to participate in this year’s Heritage Fair. Students in grades 1-9 research topics about Canadian history and then present their research to judges and community members. Students will also have the chance to participate in numerous activity sessions throughout the day!

An adult examines a student’s Heritage Fair project on the history and culture of Fancy Dancing.

An adult examines a student’s Heritage Fair project on the history and culture of Fancy Dancing.

Why Participate

  • Share your passion for history

  • Improve your research skills

  • Practice public speaking skills

  • Participate in sessions throughout the day

  • Share your research

Young Citizens

If you chose to make a video for your Heritage Fair project you can also submit the video to the Young Citizens competition! Students must be aged 10-18 to compete in Young Citizens.

See this website for more information.

Tentative Schedule

  • 9:00-9:30 - Registration and Set Up

  • 9:30-9:50 - Opening Ceremony

  • 10:00-2:00 - Judging, Activities, Lunch

  • 2:30 - Awards Announcement


Prizes and Awards

Exemplary projects will be awarded with Heritage Excellence ribbons. The projects will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Level of Research: Regardless of the medium or topic chosen, it must be based upon historical research. This category considers the following: the level of difficulty, the depth of the study, the complexity of the project, and the degree of completeness or thoroughness of analysis. Expectations are dependent upon grade level.

  • Originality/Creativity: Creativity and originality are open-ended concepts and must be treated with interest and a receptive mind. Work may be original in concept, topic, selection, approach, choice of medium, or analysis. Have you been resourceful in using equipment, resources, ideas, information, sources, etc.? What types of choices did you have to make and why? Is the project novel, unique, innovative and imaginative?

  • Impression: Is your project attractive, eye-catching, interesting, multi-sensory, clear, logical, organized, enthusiastic and self-explanatory?

  • Interview: During the interview, judges will ask questions and give students an opportunity to add to the discussion. Students should be prepared to provide specific information on background, procedure, results, conclusions and acknowledgements. Good speaking skills will be helpful.

We are also excited to announce the following sponsored prizes which will be awarded at this year’s fair

Alberta Women's Memory Project Award

In recognition of outstanding research in the field of women's history

Archives Society of Alberta Award

In recognition of excellent analysis of primary sources

Aspen Foundation Labour History Award

In recognition of outstanding research in the field of labour history and social justice

Centre for Oral History and Tradition Award

In recognition of excellent use of oral history

The Institute of Child and Youth Studies Award

In recognition of outstanding projects related to the topic of children or youth

Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society Award

In recognition of outstanding projects about Indigenous history and culture