Visit the Glenbow Museum on Thursday October 7th, for a rare treat – a glimpse at archival films!
Did you know that the 1948 oil well blowout at Leduc was Alberta’s largest ever oil spill? It wildly spewed for six months and created a spill 5 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska in 1989. And like the more recent BP Gulf spill, endless attempts were made to stop the flow, including stuffing feathers, cement and cotton seeds down the well. The archival film footage at the Glenbow Museum is totally stunning, and you’ll get to see it!
Also, there will be a selection of Esso service station television commercials from the late 1950s, from the Imperial Oil Archives. Imperial Oil sponsored Hockey Night in Canada, and the “Happy Motoring Song” used in the commercials was also the Hockey Night in Canada theme music until 1968. Aging baby boomers will recognize the music at once and will probably be able to sing along!
The third offering will be a silent movie from 1925 called “Petroleum, Alberta’s Newest Industry”. There won’t be a piano player providing a musical background, but David Finch, who writes the weekly history column in the Calgary Herald and is an expert on oil history in Alberta, will give a blow by blow account of what is happening.
As Calgarians and Albertans, we’re surrounded by all sorts of talk about the oilsands. Why not learn more about their history at this FREE event?
For more information, visit the Glenbow Museum’s website.