Wall hanging offers Canada, Alberta facts

Wall hanging being donated to the Millet and District Historical Society

The Millet Arts and Craft Guild members Peggy Robinson, Anne Clark and Shirley Meyers are pictured holding the almost completed wall hanging being donated to the Millet and District Historical Society in honour of Canada 150 to be raffled.

This wall hanging, valued at $600 when completed, represents all the provinces and territories of Canada. A maple leaf hanging created by the Arts &Crafts Guild is hanging on the wall behind them and beside the Alberta: The Great War Exhibit at the Millet and District Museum and Archives. The second prize is a food basket valued at $100.

Each square was created by Cantik Batiks and comes with a ” Didn’t know that” page. Block 3 is Alberta.

“Alberta is a western province with an estimated population of 4,196,457 as of July 1, 2015. It is Canada’s fourth-most populous province and most populous of Canada’s three Prairie Provinces. Alberta was established as a province on September 1, 1905.

“The climate of the province is predominantly humid continental, but seasonal temperature average swings are smaller than to areas further east, with winters being warmed by occasional Chinook winds bringing sudden warming which moderates average temperatures. Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta is the primary supply and service hub for Canada’s crude oil, oil sands (Athabasca oil sands) and other northern resource industries. Approximately 290 km south of the capital is Calgary, Alberta’s largest city and home of the Calgary Stampede. Tourist destinations in the province include Banff, Jasper (Canadian Rockies), Drumheller (Tyrell Museum) and Sylvan Lake.

“Palomino is a coat color in horses, consisting of a gold coat and white mane and tail. Genetically, the palomino color is created by a single allele of a dilution gene called the cream gene working on a “Red” (chestnut) base coat. Palomino is a color and created by an incomplete dominant mechanism, hence it is not true-breeding. However, most color breed registries that record palomino horses were founded before equine coat color genetics were understood as well as they are today, and heritability nor the underlying presence of the dilution gene.

“Due to their distinct color, palominos stand out in a show ring, and are much sought after as parade horses. They are particularly popular in movies and television during the 1940s and 1950s. One of the most famous palomino horses was Trigger, knows as ‘the smartest horse in movies’, the faithful mount of the Hollywood cowboy star Roy Rogers. Another famous palomino was Mr. Ed (real name Bamboo Harvester) who starred in his own TV show in the 1960s.

“Barns, like certain of our native birds and animals, have joined the ranks of ‘endangered species.’ No funds from wealthy societies, heritage trusts or governments are spent on the purchase and preservation of our oldest barns, and their demise can be expected. Changes in agricultural economy have caused many farmers in Canada to go bankrupt and farms to be abandoned. On farms that are still prosperous, new barns have been built that lack the cultural and architectural interest of barns from earlier year.”