July 2014 - Lougheed House

Summer Happenings: The 20th AGM and Collecting Culinaria Summer Launch

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Our 20th Annual General Meeting presented the efforts of members, staff, volunteers and donors to maintain the success of the Lougheed House. The AGM commenced with Chair Gerry Meek outlining the highlights of 2013 achievements. In 2013, almost 70,000 people used our Gardens and Park spaces. As a non-profit society, we rely on donations and the work of our dynamic volunteer team to serve our visitors.

Executive Director Kirstin Evenden announced her vision to see community partnerships and visitors grow. We are proud to be an active member of the Beltline community providing a one-of-a-kind heritage experience. Joe Lougheed, a past board member, received the Ron Robertson Leadership Award from the Lougheed House Conservation Society.

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Gerry Meek (Chair), Kirstin Evenden (Executive Director), Joe Lougheed (Past Board Member), Andrew Tavender (Treasurer)

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Lougheed House Conservation Society members voting during the AGM.

To enjoy voting privileges at the next AGM, along with other benefits, be sure to become a member. Following the AGM, all were treated to Lougheed House Restaurant fair, cocktails and the summer launch of our Collecting Culinaria exhibit. Curators Merrill Distad and Caroline Lieffers were present to offer an introduction to the exhibit and their personal connections to culinary history. Merill Distad’s late wife Linda Miron Distad amassed an impressive collection of cookbooks that were later donated to the University of Alberta. Selected cookbooks from this collection are present in the Collecting Culinaria exhibit. Caroline Lieffers grew up on the prairies and co-curated Collecting Culinaria to showcase the culinary roots of this region.

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Curators Merrill Distad and Caroline Lieffers.

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Lougheed House Curator Cassandra Cummings and Lead Interpreter Jessica Wiklendt