When you think of Stampede you may not immediately think of arts, culture or heritage. There are lots of places on Park to explore these things, and to celebrate some pretty big milestones! We’ve been supporters of local arts and heritage from the very beginning, and have continued that support ever since.
This year, the historical committee has been hard at work putting together displays around Park to help celebrate 50 years of The Young Canadians!
Stop by Western Showcase, next to the Oasis to learn more about The Young Canadians history. While in Western Showcase you can also learn more about early Calgary history, and see some amazing western art, as well as the showcase of handicrafts. You will also be able to see this year’s poster, along with some of the renderings.
Also look out for committee displays in the hallway of BMO Centre, the second floor of the Grandstand and Infield Suites. You won’t be able to miss the colourful costumes from previous years’ Grandstand shows. When you’re leaving Park, stop by Studio Bell to see even more of these intricate costumes.
Stop by the historic Quirk Cabin in Weadickville to learn more about the Calgary Stampede Archives and our historical collections. With more than 106 years of history, there are a lot of interesting objects and stories to explore! You can also learn about how we care for all of this history and share it with our community. While there, take a selfie with Guy Weadick and Flores LaDue, and handle some objects from our education collection.
As you’re walking around Park, you’ll also see several murals and large sculpture installations. You really can’t miss By the Banks of the Bow, which celebrates real Stampede horses and riders, including Clem Gardner. To learn more about Calgary Stampede’s public art, grab an ArtWalk brochure from Quirk Cabin and go on a self-guided tour. You can do this year-round.
Off-Park, there are also some large installations from the Public Art committee. Right now, you can also visit select BMO branches to see some of our treasured historical objects, including Clem Gardner’s hat, Flores LaDue’s saddle and bronzes. Visit Main branch, Chinook, Shawnessy, Sunridge and Crowfoot until July 31 to see these interesting and important artifacts.
You can continue to learn more about our collections on our heritage website.
If you think you have an object that might find a great home in the Stampede Archives and collection, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description and a photo or two.
Thanks to our Stampede family and valued community members, we are happy to say that we are fortunate to have a very comprehensive collection of Stampede pins, souvenir dollars and most of the posters (with a few notable exceptions!).