Image: A film still of Eaglesham, as viewed from the front seat a Model T Ford (SPRA 0477.04.03.11, Fonds 477: Eaglesham and District Drama Club fonds)
Movie Monday highlights videos from the Archives’ film collection. Every week, an archival film will be featured on our YouTube channel and here on our blog. The Movie Monday project is made possible with the generous funding support of Swan City Rotary Club of Grande Prairie.
In 1991, the community of Eaglesham organized a homecoming celebration. As an introduction to the event, this video was filmed to give attendants a tour of the village and brief them on the activities that would take place over the course of the weekend. The tour is filmed and narrated by Greg Donaldson from the front seat of a 1927 Model T Ford, and a detailed schedule of events is given by Steve Cregg.
Point of interests shown in the film include the fairgrounds, Centennial Hall, the school, arena, and of course a grain elevator – the icon of any prairie town. Most of these locations would play host to activities and events over the course of the weekend. The celebration commenced with a pancake breakfast on the morning of Saturday, August 3, and was followed by a parade, fair, and dance. A bus tour, school tour, church services, and a three-act play written especially for the occasion were also part of the celebration. For Mary Peterson, age 77, one of the highlights of the weekend was being named Eaglesham’s Homecoming Queen.
We hope you enjoy this detailed look at one of Eaglesham’s most celebrated moments in history!