I try to tell people to write it down. Write it ALL down. Now, Alda Dale Randall understood the importance of a record, and not just a written record but an artistic journal as well. In Alberta, Canada, a full exhibition features this homesteader’s daily account of a very rural life.
Donated as a historical record, the diary documents the experiences of Alda Dale Randall and her daily life on the family homestead near High Prairie in 1920. Members of her generational family recently gathered in honor of the exhibition’s opening.
“I think with any homestead story, it’s pretty rough at the beginning having to go to a piece of land, clear it and build a home,” Leslie Latta, executive director of the Provincial Archives said. “The first few years or even the first decade can be pretty rough, but within time the grandmother and mother created things within the community that were very important like the library, or the museum.”
Wyman said early settler women were often the community builders and those stories need to be told.
“We should not undervalue our records,” she said. “Women were often the community builders. Women were the ones that got the churches going, did the charity work, got the schools going and on the social occasions, they got the community together and those are very important records.”
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