A series of videos of Slave Lake seniors discussing local history will not be gathering quite so much dust, thanks to efforts of the Town of Slave Lake and Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library.
Back in February 2018 at a town council meeting, councillor Joy McGregor asked administration to look into digitizing the ‘Seniors’ Footprints on Slave Lake’ DVDs in the Library archives. Town of Slave Lake communication coordinator Chris Brown then met with library archivist Rachel Peters to see about getting the videos – filmed in 2009 and 2010 – digitized and put the town of Slave Lake website and Facebook page.
Brown says the movies showcase community members who are a part of the history of Slave Lake and how Slave Lake came to be the town it is today (or was, in 2009).
People filmed in the Slave Lake Adult Education Committee Project include Bud and Shirley Karst, Ed Procyshyn, Lorne Larson and Mr. and Mrs. Nash.
Brown says the hope behind the project is to make them more accessible to residents, wthout having to sign them out from the library archives.
Another possible benefit would be to encourage people who are not from Slave Lake to come and visit or move to town. Altogether there are 41 videos, and Brown is still looking to get in touch with community members who have participated, to receive permission.
The movies will be online starting June 1, with one video a week being released until all the movies are uploaded.
Brown encourages anyone who has been in a video and yet to give permission or knows someone who has been in a video to contact him at the town office at 780-849-8000, or by calling his direct line at 780-849-8033.