From war, floods, and space exploration to transportation, landmarks, and sports heroes, Canada’s history was captured by students from three Langley Township elementary schools and put on exhibit at the first ever Langley Heritage Fair.
The event was held at the Fort Langley Community Hall on April 22 to showcase the enthusiasm and academic excellence that James Kennedy, Richard Bulpitt, and Dorothy Peacock students poured into their projects when they participated in their school heritage fairs.
Staff and volunteers from the Langley Centennial Museum and the Langley Heritage Society (LHS), along with Langley School District librarian and heritage champion Deb Cowland, were so impressed with the calibre of the projects, they organized the regional Fair to recognize the children’s efforts and give them greater exposure.
More than 80 projects were presented at the Fair, and several students were honoured with awards to recognise their exceptional efforts:
Ashlyn Holloway was presented with the Docent Award by Kay McComish, a docent at the Museum and an LHS member, for her project on Canada’s Home Children.
Derek Little received the Artistic Achievement Award from Township of Langley Acting Cultural Services Manager Jeff Chenatte for his project on Vimy Ridge.
Jasmine Marcotte’s project on women’s rights and the Famous Five earned her the Most Original Topic Award, which was presented by Langley School District’s Lynie Tener.
Caitlyn Kirk received the Curator’s Award from the Township’s Arts and Heritage Curator Jasmine Moore for her presentation on the Delta Police.
A project on Residential Schools earned Kylen Bruce the Educator’s Award from Jeff Chenatte.
And Adam Scarborough was presented with the Langley Heritage Society Award by LHS President Fred Pepin for his work on Sopwith Pup Planes.
Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese toured the exhibits and was amazed by the variety of topics the children came up with, and the quality of the projects.
“I am so impressed with all the work you have put into this; you’ve learned so much and so have I,” he told the students, noting they were making history themselves, as this was the first Heritage Fair of its kind to be held in Langley.
More than 80 history exhibits by elementary school students filled Fort Langley Community Hall on April 22 for the inaugural Langley Heritage Fair.