There’s no friend like an old friend

While we always like to have a new friend, there’s no friend like an old friend. Dominos’s has been a faithful supporter of our Fair since we first set up shop nearly 15 years ago.

The pizza provided for our meetings over the years has kept our spirits and our energy levels up as we planned that year’s version of the Red River Heritage Fair.

Thanks to Derek Young and the Domino’s at 468 Osborne Street, and 1965 Main Street for their on-going support of the Red River Heritage Fair and the kids who benefit from the program the Fair offers.

If you’re thinking about pizza, consider supporting these restaurants, and by doing that supporting the Red River Heritage Fair.

family tree

And they’re back! Another great award!

Manitoba Genealogical SocietyWe’re happy to announce that the Manitoba Genealogical Society will once again be sponsoring the Family History Award at the 2018 Red River Heritage Fair.

Their award is for a project investigating family history with genealogical research.  Not too surprisingly, the Manitoba Genealogical Society has a lot of research material that would help a research project like that. The great news is that students and teachers are welcome to use the MGS material free of charge.

Check out their website for more information.

A presentation!

Projects without backboards

A lot of projects come to the Red River Heritage Fair very artistically arranged on a backboard and set up very much like, well, a science fair display. Did you know you don’t have to set up your project that way?

  1. Audio projects. You can record your project and present it as an audio file. Maybe it’s Microphonean interview with a historical figure. Maybe it’s a bit of on the spot live recording courtesy of some time travel. Try a program like Audacity to record, and throw in some sound effects from Free Sound, and top it off with some royalty-free background music from Incompetech.
  2. Video projects. What could be more fun than creating a script about a historical event, dressing up in costume, collecting props and telling your story in a video? There’s plenty of great online video editing sites like WeVideo or you can use a free desktop program like Open Shot.
  3. Website. Build a website to present your story. The new Google Sites makes creating a pretty decent website pretty easy. Go to sites.google.com to get started, or if you’re a Google Apps school you’ll need to talk to your IT person to make sure Google Sites has been enabled.
  4. Choose your own adventure. This is a great type of story that kids like to read. Imagine creating one about a historical event and thinking through how it might have gone if different decisions had been made at certain point. If someone had chosen a different path, how would it have turned out? For that kind of counterfactual thinking, Twine is a great place to create your presentation. It’s gone an online version, and versions to run on either a Mac or PC. And even if you create it online, you can download your work and play it on your computer without wifi, just in case your Internet connection fails.

She’s number 100!

We like the number 100.

100% on a test is good, right? You’re happy if someone gives you $100, aren’t you? Everyone celebrates a 100th anniversary.

One of the recipients of our 2017 Top Three Award of Excellence has been declared by Ace Burpee to be one of Manitoba’s Top 100 Most Fascinating People for this year. We’re really thrilled for her.

You meet the most fascinating people at the Red River Heritage Fair.

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