Much like in the aboriginal culture, history is passed down through storytelling. Here in Langley, some of the pioneer families – at least those with members still around – are usually helpful in verbally recounting historical local events and happenings to any willing to listen.
But that doesn’t happen often enough and doesn’t do much to educate the masses – especially Langley youngsters who are quizzical about local history.
This year, about 280 elementary students in Langley – from James Kennedy, Richard Bulpitt, and Dorothy Peacock – held school-based heritage fairs.
These fairs are aimed at challenging kids to celebrate local pioneers and the country’s heritage through the creation of their history projects.
Members of the Langley Centennial Museum and the Langley Heritage Society were so inspired by the children’s accomplishments this year, that a new event has been created to showcase those efforts, said Jeff Chenatte, the Township’s acting cultural services manager.
On Friday, April 22, a new Langley Heritage Fair will be held at the Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Rd., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The public is invited to attend the free event and “witness the enthusiasm and academic excellence that students who participated in each of the three school fairs have poured into their projects,” Chenatte explained.
“There is such a great educational value in creating such projects… They touch on a multitude of curriculum areas from history and science, to language and fine arts,” he elaborated.
Folks at the museum and the heritage society were eager to support the three schools’, and members assisted by evaluating, mentoring, and guiding students through the project development and presentation process, explained Kay McComish, a member of the heritage society and long-time docent at the museum who organized about two dozen volunteers to judge at the fairs.
“This process has awakened an interest in history and our Canadian heritage in both students and their parents,” said Chenatte. “We are sure those who visit the fair will be filled with pride for our country and left in awe of these amazing students’ achievements.”