Wednesday, June 20, 2012

City of Calgary announces Historian Laureate

Harry Sanders was inducted today as the new Historian Laureate for The City of Calgary.

Calgary’s Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor welcomed "Harry the Historian", as featured on CBC Radio, into his new role as Historian Laureate. Harry was also an interpretive guide, archivist, regular contributor to the “Looking Back” column in Calgary Sun, and is the author of six local history books.

Harry Sanders during his induction ceremony on Stephen
Avenue Mall today. 
“The Calgary Heritage Authority congratulates Harry Sanders on his appointment as Calgary's first Historian Laureate,” said Scott Jolliffe, Chair of the CHA. “Harry is a renowned local historian and published author. He is ideally suited to advocate for historic preservation and engage the public in heritage issues during Calgary's 2012 celebration year. We look forward to seeing Harry at events and celebrations throughout the coming year.”

The 2012 Historian Laureate is a role created to help celebrate the centennial of many Calgary institutions and Calgary’s designation as the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada. In his position, Sanders will serve as Calgary’s public historian and will be an ambassador for the Calgary Heritage Authority, inviting Calgarians to celebrate their own history through storytelling, presentations and other social media.

About the Calgary Heritage Authority 
The Calgary Heritage Authority (CHA), established in 2000, is a merger of the previously existing Heritage Advisory Board and the Calgary Municipal Heritage Properties Authority. The CHA is governed by the Province of Alberta CHA Act.

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