Chop Suey on the Prairies exhibit comes to Nobleford PDF Print
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Written by Kathy Bly   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 21:12

A unique traveling exhibit on Alberta's Chinese restaurants has arrived at the Nobleford Museum.
"Chop Suey on the Prairies: Reflections of Chinese Restaurants in Alberta" is on tour through September and will be at the Nobleford museum until the end of May. Julie Pike, President of the Nobleford Area Museum, said the exhibit was on display in Medicine Hat previous to coming to the village. Nobleford is the only museum in southwestern Alberta who will be hosting the traveling exhibit.
Pike said this is the first time the museum has hosted a Royal Alberta Museum traveling exhibit. There are more Chinese restaurants in North America than all fast food outlets combined. While they are considered an iconic institution on the prairie landscape, no one had investigated their place in Alberta history until the now.
The Royal Alberta Museum's Curator of Cultural Communities, K. Linda Tzang, wants to hear from Albertans who have connections to the thousands of Chinese restaurants, both past and present, which operated in every corner of the province.
She wants to reach out to people who have stories and objects that are willing to share in a new traveling exhibition developed by the museum.
The Chinese Restaurant Project will be a multi-year undertaking, beginning with the small traveling exhibit now on display in Nobleford. It is designed to allow Alberta communities to contribute related stories and objects, with support and expertise provided by the museum.
Pike said the Nobleford Area Museum was also interested in its own Chinese restaurant history and has added local items to the display.
As part of a larger project, under taken by the Nobleford museum, volunteers have been working on a chronological history of homes built in the community before 1950 along with photographs and history.
As part of that project commercial ventures were also being researched including the history of the local Chinese restaurant.
"We're doing that as our own project."
Pike said the museum often draws from its own membership when it is seeking items for display.
"It's amazing how much we have as a collective group."
As part of its Mother's Day Tea and plant sale held Saturday afternoon, the museum set up a display of bridal dresses and suits dating form 1946 to 1979. The oldest dress on display was from the 1920's but was not a wedding dress.
The museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. but anyone interested in seeing the traveling exhibit or visiting the museum during other times can call the museum at 403-824-3909 and leave message.



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