Students at Victoria School, circa 1910: Left to right Frank Whitford, Fred Kuzemsky, unidentified, Wasyl Kotyk, Wayne Kozub or Esopenko, teacher Mr. Rowbottom, Demetrius Ponich, Metro Starchuk, David Thompson, Elena Brusanowsky, Wasyl Brusanowsky [in doorway] and three unidentified at far right (Photo: Rev. D.M. Ponich Collection, Alberta Culture and Tourism).
Descendants of settlers from Alberta’s historic Victoria Settlement
district, and enthusiasts of Alberta’s history generally, are invited to take part in a special gathering and genealogical symposium on the 6th
of August 2016 at the Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site.
The agenda for the day’s events are listed below. An area map illustrating the location of Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site can be found below or at the site’s website: http://www.history.alberta.ca/victoria/location/location.aspx
Gathering at Victoria Settlement
Saturday, August 6, 2016
9:00-9:30 Set up of tents, tables, registration, displays from participants.
9:30-10:00 Registration – meet and greet.
10:00-10:30 Ross Stromberg: Program Coordinator, Alberta Culture and Tourism.
10:30-10:45 Elaine Breadon Peiche: Victoria Home Guard Society.
10:45-11:45 Peter Melnycky: Historian, researcher, author of
‘A Veritable Canaan – Alberta’s Victoria Settlement.’
11:45-12:30 Linda Collier: President of Historical Society of Alberta; historian and
great-granddaughter of Rev. George McDougall.
12:30-1:00 Enjoy your picnic lunch and mingle!
1:00-1:45 Graham Dalziel: Member of Smoky Lake Heritage Board; owner of
historic Riverlot #3 – with a suitcase full of found treasures!
1:45-2:30 Donna Shanks and John Althouse: Donna is President of Edmonton
branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society. John is a member of E.A.G.S
and Editor of Clandigger.
3:00-3:30 Steven Bentley: Historian and genealogist with some ‘Whitford’ stories.
3:30-4:00 Group photo and closing.
4:00 Carpool to cemetery for those who wish to explore it.
5:00 Victoria Settlement Historic Site closes.
BONUS: There will be THREE genealogical consultants on site to help with family histories! Steven Bentley plus Bill and Sandy Macdonald.
Please bring your picnic lunch! AND, your family history, stories, research to share.
Everyone is responsible for their own entrance fee to V.S. ($5.00 per person).
Check the Victoria Settlement website and Plan Your Visit:
If you plan to join us, a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org would help us with our planning.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO MEET ALL OF YOU!