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3009 - 32nd Avenue
Vernon, BC
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VERNON & DISTRICT HERITAGE FAIR
A PROJECT OF THE GREATER VERNON MUSEUM & ARCHIVES FROM 2008 TO 2012

The British Columbia Heritage Fairs Program is an educational initiative designed to increase awareness and interest in Canadian history.  The event of a ‘history fair’ actively involves Canadian youth, schools, businesses and community groups in a contemporary celebration of our shared traditions and heritage.

In 1993, the Charles R. Bronfman Foundation Heritage Project was started to increase awareness of Canadian heritage and to create an exciting learning environment for students of history.  This CRB Heritage Project was responsible for starting the Heritage Fairs Program nationwide by introducing a series of Fairs in every province and territory.  Until recently, this initiative was administered by the Historica Foundation.  In 2003, the British Columbia Heritage Fairs Society was established to continue to promote the Heritage Fairs concept throughout our province.  In April 2008, Vernon joined the list of communities to have its own Heritage Fair.

Let’s Hook Students on History!

The Heritage Fairs Program encourages students in grades 4 – 10 to explore Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment.  Students are invited to select and research any aspect of Canadian history that interests them. Then, using a medium of their choice, create a project that is shared with the general public.

This program:

  • creates an environment where students are excited to learn and share.
  • provides recognition for student achievement
  • enhances all literacy skills.
  • supports cross-curricular learning outcomes as set out by the Ministry of Education. 
  • reveals connections between the past and present.
  • promotes active citizenship by providing the opportunity to celebrate diversity in culture and heritage within their own community, province or country.
  • inspires Canadians to celebrate their place in history.

 

FAIR UPDATE !

The Heritage Fair program has relied heavily on a number of community organizations, businesses, service clubs, and individuals for support through financial donations and various supplies.  As well, many volunteers have been needed to organize and present the program.  To these suporters and volunteers, the staff and board members of the Greater Vernon Vernon and Archives extends its sincerest thanks for all you have done for us and the kids these past five years.

However, the Vernon and District Heritage Fair has far outgrown the staffing resources of the museum and, to insure the continued success of the Fair, we are now looking to pass along the operation of this event to another group or organization in the region.  Consequently, we are not taking registrations for a 2013 Fair.  We apologize for this decision and, hopefully, we can announce a new project organizer in the near future. 

 

 

 

The Heritage Fairs Program encourages students in grades 4 – 10 to explore Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment.
 
The British Columbia Heritage Fairs Program is an educational initiative designed to increase awareness and interest in Canadian history.
 
Students are invited to select and research any aspect of Canadian history that interests them.
 
Along with the students, the Fairs involve many community organizations, businesses, service clubs and many volunteers in this celebration of Canadian history and traditions.