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4525-47a Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6
March 22, 2020 at 2pm
This presentation will discuss the various waves of Jewish immigration to Alberta, from the 1880s to recent times. It will trace the reasons for immigration, demographics, occupations as well as involvement in social justice. It will also explore Jewish life in Alberta today.
Free to attend.
Sandra Morton Weizman has been working in the museum and heritage field for 40 years.
She holds an M.A. in Canadian History and a Master of Museum Studies, both from the University of Toronto. She has worked as Executive Director of The Ontario Historical Society in Toronto, Curator of Social History at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, and Senior Curator of Cultural History at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. She was also an Exhibition Project Manager for the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. She was the Curator of the exhibition “A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada,” a joint project of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now Canadian Museum of History) in Ottawa and the Canadian Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth in Israel. This exhibition traveled from 1990-1993 to nine venues in Canada, to the Jewish Museum in New York and to Beth Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv, Israel.
She has been a museum and heritage consultant for the past 15 years, specializing in exhibition planning, project management, curation, collections management, policy writing and analysis and interpretive planning. Her clients have included the Canadian Museum of History, Lougheed House, Glenbow Museum, The Little Synagogue on the Prairie at Calgary’s Heritage Park, the Calgary Board of Education, the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation in Banff, and The Military Museums. She also curated the inaugural exhibition for the Cree Cultural Institute, and was directly involved in the establishment of this new museum for the Eastern Cree First Nation of the James Bay in the Subarctic of Quebec. In 2017 she curated the travelling exhibition “The Canadian Jewish Experience” in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial. She has been an instructor in the Heritage Resources Management Program of Athabasca University for the past 10 years where she also wrote the curriculum for their courses on Museum Interpretation.