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A new exhibit at the Grande Prairie Museum titled “Making Their Mark: The Land Surveyor’s Role in the Peaceful and Orderly Development of Alberta” is highlighting the remarkable contribution the land surveying profession has made to the history of Alberta.
A central feature of the exhibit is a re-creation of an early surveying camp which tells the surveyor’s story through documents and artifacts. Local artifacts are also included, including photos from a 1912 survey through Grande Prairie and items from local surveyors.
Educational programs with several curriculum-based activities are also offered in conjunction with this exhibit. Students can learn the role surveyors play in everyday life through hands-on, engaging and meaningful learning experiences.
Land surveyors were often the first Europeans to visit much of Alberta, creating the boundaries of land parcels that allowed for the settlement of the province, including in Grande Prairie. In 1911, an early explorer described development in Grande Prairie as “a few buildings surrounded by fields with survey stakes everywhere.”
The exhibit is on loan from the Alberta’s Land Surveyors’ Association until May 2019.
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