A Point to Sail Around
Have you always wanted to write down your family history? Do you have a character, story or event from your region that needs to be told? Or do you just want to set the record straight? Siglunes Library in Ashern, part of Parkland Regional Library, Dauphin MB, received a grant through The Pat Morris Community Matter Initiative in early 2020. Librarian, Jude McCudden noticed that many patrons showed a great interest in reading and telling stories from history. Especially those from Icelandic, British, Ukrainian, Celtic and European heritage. The grant has allowed the library to offer workshops, physically and/or online with experts in history writing. There is no cost to the public.
The two tutors are:
“Uncovering Lost Stories: New history of the Interlake region” – online workshop
Associate Professor Ryan Eyford from the University of Winnipeg, who has ties to this region, will offer an online workshop that will explore the skills of writing history, whether that be a personal one or an interest in a particular immigrant peoples, culture or event in this region .
Professor Eyford’s interests are in Western Canada, Indigenous-settler relations, migration and Iceland. His book, ‘White Settler Reserve: New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West.’ Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016 is well recognized.
How do we learn from the past? In this year of the Co Vid 19 Pandemic, another of his work is definitely worth a read, “Quarantined Within a New Colonial Order: The 1876-1877 Lake Winnipeg Smallpox Epidemic.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. 17 (2006): 55-78
‘Everyone has a story’ workshops – two physical hands-on workshops
C.M.Klyne (Merle) is an author of historical fiction. A retired arts and history educator, he’s been a consultant in curriculum development and workshop facilitator. His published novels, The Silent March and The Gratitude of Wasps are fictional in context but weaves story lines around the true historical events of the 1919 General Strike and the Spanish flu in Winnipeg.
Merle’s focus for the two Saturdays will be to demonstrate how you can place your story in a written form. Whether that eventually is for publication or a diary/log for family or for an organization; the possibilities are up to you.
Please Note: During physical workshops, all participants will be required to adhere to COVID-19 safety procedures, including physical distancing and mask use when appropriate.
The online workshop is at 2pm on November 21st. Once you register, you’ll be sent a link to use on your own device.
The physical workshops will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, November 21st and 28th November 9am- 12.30pm at the Legion Hall in Ashern. If you are interested in registering for either workshop or need more information contact:
Jude McCudden at the library on 204 768 20 48 or firstname.lastname@example.org