From the Vault Friday: Peace Country Spinners & Weavers

Image: SPRA fonds 020

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features two pages from a newsletter, Threads Along the Peace from the Peace Country Spinners & Weavers fonds (Fonds 020). The Peace Country Spinners and Weavers Society was formed in 1984 “to promote communication, education and stimulation in the fibre arts, specifically spinning, weaving and associated handcrafts, in the Peace Region of Canada; and to promote the development of higher standards” in these arts. The society is an inspirational and educational encouragement to spinners, weavers and dyers in their craft. Member clubs included Beaverlodge, Berwyn, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Dixonville, Fairview, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Girouxville, Grande Prairie, Hines Creek, Hudson’s Hope, Lake Saskatoon, Peace River, St. Isadore, Tumbler Ridge and Valleyview, some of which no longer exist.

The society sends out quarterly newsletters with reports from individual clubs throughout the Peace Country, techniques and samples of the craft, news from Art Shows and conferences, artists’ profiles, membership lists and guild standards. The society also has two conferences per year, meeting at the various clubs for 1 day in the spring and 2 days in the fall.

Founders of the society included Louise Wozniak and Jean James (Grande Prairie), Susan Miller (Beaverlodge), Jane Klem (Dawson Creek), Marlene Noseda (Valleyview), Ruth Buchannen (McLennan), and Gerda Anthony (Fairview).

Read more about the Peace Country Spinners & Weavers fonds (Fonds 020) here.

Visit the Peace Country Spinners & Weavers website here.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: Grande Prairie Music Festival

Image: SPRA fonds 491

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features a program from the Grande Prairie & District Music Festival fonds (Fonds 491).

The concept of the Grande Prairie Music Festival originated with the “Women’s Music Club” that was active in Grande Prairie in 1921. This organization promoted the idea of music festivals. The first joint festival with Peace River and Grande Prairie participants was held May 25-26, 1927. By 1932, Grande Prairie was holding its own annual festivals, and in 1945 the festival became non-competitive. This resulted in a decline of interest and there are no records of festivals held from 1948 to 1951. Attempts were made to revive the festival as a competition in 1952-1953, but it was not until 1959 that music teacher Martin Intscher led the community to re-establish the music festival. With the support of the Allied Arts Council and the Grande Prairie School Board, the next festival was held in 1962 and annual festivals have been held ever since. In 1962, the festival categories included elocution, public speaking, penmanship, dancing, drama, art, and crafts as well as music entries.

Read more about the Grande Prairie & District Music Festival fonds (Fonds 491) here.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.