This photograph is from a blitz session held at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Blitz sessions were an opportunity for the national Centennial Commission, the Province of Alberta, the Calgary and Edmonton Centennial Committees, and representatives from voluntary organizations, business and industry, and youth and education to meet and discuss their plans. [EA-408-49b]
By commemorating milestones we celebrate the past, however our goals are rooted in the present. Commemorations reinforce our identity, and help us deal with who we are and where we’re going. Unifying elements such as symbols and songs feature prominently. Reassured of the value of our history by recognizing achievement and growth, we build monuments and memorials as tangible statements of what we’ve done. Public participation in performances and events is encouraged and helps to bring us together. As you explore this exhibit, see if you can identify any of these themes in Edmonton’s 1967 celebrations.