As a child, I experienced Heritage Park as a place of make-believe. Last fall, I saw the park as a storied landscape of a different kind. I had just put the finishing touches on my book Calgary through the Eyes of Writers and was looking for literary connections between the works of poetry and prose I’d collected in the book, and the Park’s exhibits.
Here are a few of the many literary links I discovered, and recently shared at the Park’s Speaking of the Past lecture series.
First Nations Encampment:
David Thompson, The Travels, 1850 Version (Vol. 1)
I. G. Baker Store:
Frederick Niven, The Flying Years (1935)
Gleichen School & S. S. Moyie:
E. Pauline Johnson, “Calgary of the Plains” (1913)
E. Pauline Johnson, “A Night with North Eagle” in The Shagganappi (1913)