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Head to Laurentian to learn about city's heritage

Sudbury Wolves, Sudbury Ukrainian Church, Iroquois Village, Laurentian Lake Conservation Area and The Big Nickel.
MacLeod Public School student Riley Ransom is seen here, showing off her heritage fair project in 2012. This year's heritage fair takes place at Laurentian University May 8-9. Supplied photo.
Sudbury Wolves, Sudbury Ukrainian Church, Iroquois Village, Laurentian Lake Conservation Area and The Big Nickel.

These are some of the many projects that will be on display at the 19th Annual Sudbury Regional Heritage Fair May 8-9 at Laurentian University.

The community is invited to view the projects in the Alumni Hall in the Fraser Building from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Close to 500 elementary students from Sudbury and Espanola will attend the exhibition and award celebration. In addition to student projects, the event will feature local displays, workshops and a live performance by Andrew Lowe.

The Sudbury Regional Heritage Fair is a community event organized and sponsored in partnership with a number of local organizations, including the Rainbow District School Board, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Laurentian University, Topper’s Pizza, Club Montessori and the City of Greater Sudbury.

“The Heritage Fair gives our youth an opportunity to research, discover and creatively capture history,” said Chantal Lacroix, chair of the Sudbury Regional Heritage Fair Organizing Committee.

“Students will share stories of their family and community, which will result in a spectacular showcase of our local culture and Canadian heritage.”

Over the past 17 years, student presentations have been as varied as the number of participants, drawing on a wide range of creative project formats, including dramatic and musical presentations, videos, posters, maps, essays, and 3-D displays, often with props and costumes.

The Heritage Fair Awards Ceremony takes place at Laurentian University’s Fraser Auditorium May 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

A number of special awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony, including Canada’s National History Society Award, the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association Founders’ Award in recognition of exceptional enthusiasm and dedication to history and heritage; the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association Multicultural Award in recognition of excellent student achievement in research that exemplifies the diverse culture of Ontario; the Archives of Ontario Award; the Ontario Genealogical Society Award; the Ontario Historical Society Award and the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Award.

Judges will select three projects from the local fair to be showcased at the Provincial Heritage Fair in Toronto June 14-15.