Extra! Extra! Saturday, Aug. 18, will be your last opportunity to meet with historic figures of Surrey’s past as the Frontier Tale Blazers perform at the Surrey Museum. Rotating performances will occur every 20 minutes from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free.
Meet Stan McKinnon, former editor of The Surrey Leader newspaper, as he enlightens you about what it was like to be a “printer’s devil” and gives a short lesson about the history of printing, the Gutenberg Press and his new linotype machine.
Attend school with Miss Mary Jane Shannon, hear her tales of teaching in Cariboo country and learn about options for young women from this adventurous maverick. Be smart and be on time, or you just might find yourself wearing the dunce cap.
Engage in political rabble with Reeve T.J. Sullivan as he explains the building of the 1912 Municipal Hall, the Surrey dyking system and the creation of the Peach Arch. His legacy is sure to delight and inspire you.
Visit the 1872 Anderson Cabin to meet pioneer Eric Anderson and hear how he sailed the world then deserted whaling life to settle in Surrey and build his own homestead.
And be sure to line up for an immunization shot with Dr. Fredrick Sinclair, as he informs you about his participation in the formation of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Surrey, explains his duties as Surrey’s Medical Health Officer and makes sure that all the children are healthy.
The City of Surrey has presented the Frontier Tale Blazers historic re-enactment program at special events during July and August. This new heritage program brings to life stories and events from Surrey’s history during the period 1872–1945. Professional actors recreate the lives and experiences of early settlers in live, interactive and fun performances offering an opportunity for the community to engage with their city’s heritage.
Launched at the city’s Canada Day Celebrations on July 1, the Frontier Tale Blazers mingled with the crowds celebrating Canada’s birthday. They went on to participate at Fusion Festival, the Cloverdale Blueberry Festival, and the Pioneer Fair and Dancin’ in the Barn events at Historic Stewart Farm.
The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Ave. For more information, call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage and click on Heritage Facilities & Services/Heritage Re-enactment Project