Illustrations by Jarett Sitter
The Chinese community has been in Calgary since the early days of settlement. By 1885, the year after Calgary became incorporated as a town, the first Chinese residents were settled in the town centre.
Despite racism and discriminatory government policies, the community slowly grew. They set up small businesses, mostly rooted in the service industry, and founded social institutions to support the growing Chinese community.
This exhibit explores the stories of these early Calgarians through creative writing, illustrations, audio and historical photographs.
The traveling museum exhibit, Beyond the Edge, takes a look at the Flat Earth Society of Canada (founded in Fredericton in 1970) historically and currently, along with curious details about two of its enigmatic members. Over its years of operation, the Flat Earth Society of Canada has been driven by a steadfast interest in questioning how and why we take things for granted.
Through artifacts and ephemera from artist Kay Burns and on loan from the Museum of the Flat Earth, the exhibit embodies how inquiry plays an important role in critical thinking and knowledge acquisition.