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Students show love for history at weekend historic fair

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The Galt Museum is getting ready to host the seventeenth annual historical fair, May 5.The Galt Museum foyer is the scene for this years ' historic fair, May 5. Photo by Richard Amery
Numerous Grade 4-9 students have been hard at work researching  their favourite  aspects of Canadian history.

 We usually get 50 projects but we have no idea what they will be or how many they are until we receive them. One of the schools hasn’t registered yet,” said Belinda Crowson, who has been involved with the fair for the past dozen years.

 While some schools make the fair  part of their curriculum, some students get so into their projects that they enter on their own.

“ They do the research and decide which stories to tell and what to focus on or they do family stories, so they are personally involved and tell it from their own eyes,” Crowson continued.

“It’s fun to watch them. They have such passion. They want people to understand what they are saying is important about their stories,” she continued.

She said  most of the students create mini-exhibits including fact sheets and photographs placed on backboards.
“We judge them and we hand out prizes. Some of them get ribbons of excellence and others get participation. It’s a very fun event,” Crowson continued.

“Every year more of them come back to us and  say ‘I’m so glad I participated.” The Heritage Fair takes place in the main foyer of the Galt Museum  from 9:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.. Admission is free.

— By Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
A version of this story appears in the May 2, 2012 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times
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