The Friendly City is gearing up to join other communities across Canada in celebration of Culture Days, Sept. 28-30, with three cultural institutions offering various free and entertaining options throughout the weekend.
Moose Jaw Public Library will present an author reading, as well as a question-and-answer period, with Yukon writer Michael Gates on Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m., courtesy of Canada Council for the Arts through the writers Union of Canada.
Gates will focus on his new book, Dalton’s Gold Rush Trail: Exploring the Route of the Klondike Cattle Drive.
Assistant head librarian Laura Shtern said the portion of Gates’ book upon which he will focus during his local talk pertains to George Tuxford, who was a Moose Javain and key to the cattle drive up to the 1897 gold rush.
He is also the man for whom the Moose Jaw’s neighbouring community of Tuxford is named.
“It’s a pretty fascinating story,” Shtern said, adding it is interesting how everyone had gold up north, but meat was in short supply.
Aside from the Gates session, held in the south meeting room upstairs at the library, Shtern said the library would be recognizing Culture Days with a superhero-themed children’s event on Sept. 29, starting at 10:30 a.m., and for anyone age 12 and under.
“Everyone is invited to wear a costume,” she said, adding one must pre-register for the children’s event.
For more information, call 692-2787.
For more on this story, including what Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and Western Development Museum are doing for Culture Days, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald