Public History

Centennial Plaza Park

In 2012, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to work on a public history project for the City of Red Deer. Much of Centennial Plaza Park was completed in 2004, and the historical arches were added in 2007/2008. The nine arches, along with the fountain, created an interpretive area recognizing the significance of the railway to downtown Red Deer. The nine arches hold twenty-seven plaques, each featuring chronological narrative and images that begin by recognizing the Red Deer area as traditional Indigenous land and transportation routes.

Working from an outline determined by the Central Alberta Historical Society and drawing upon the publications of city archivist Michael Dawe, I identified the images and developed the narrative for this commemorative project. In honour of the city's centennial, the historical arches project was officially commissioned by Red Deer's mayor, Morris Flewelling, in one of his final official duties as mayor in 2013.