An educational program at The Fort –Museum of the North West Mounted Police has won a new national award.
“The Red Coats are Coming” will be one of the first recipients of the Canadian Museums Association’s new Governor General’s Award.
“We are thrilled to be recognized,” Fort Museum general manager Dawn Lauder said. “This is an incredible opportunity to showcase one of Southern Alberta’s premier educational programs to educators and students Canada-wide.”
“The Red Coats are Coming” also got an honorable mention from Canada’s History Society.
“The Red Coats are Coming” is a fun, lively, interactive program which introduces a live play followed by educational scenarios that engage students to learn about local history without them knowing they are being educated.
“The Red Coats are Coming” tells the story of how the North West Mounted Police settled the west and how the western landscape formed the cultural foundation of whom we are as westerners today.
“The Red Coats Are Coming” was chosen for the awards for the unique fashion it teaches local and Canadian history to the students.
“This program offers an authentic experience for students which are unique and fun, while immersing them in western Canadian history,” Lauder said.
Fort Macleod is western Canada’s first North West Mounted Police fort outpost and the birthplace of what is now the RCMP Musical Ride.
The Fort Museum of the NWMP keeps traditional history alive through programs, re-enactments and the Musical Ride.
The Governor General’s Award for Community History will be presented for the first time by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
The recipients will participate in two days of events including a national forum on Canadian History with leading historians, writers and filmmakers, and representatives of museums and archives. And they become part of a national network opening up the potential for exceptional new professional development opportunities for years to come.
The Governor General’s Award is designed to recognize inspirational projects which promote and encourage community engagement in local history.
Projects can include public lectures, forums, exhibits, multimedia presentations, preservation projects, or public programming such as education programs, festivals, or workshops.