Always an Adventure: An Autobiography Hugh A Dempsey

ISBN: 9781552385678

Published: June 23rd 2014

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418 pages


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Always an Adventure: An Autobiography  by  Hugh A Dempsey

Always an Adventure: An Autobiography by Hugh A Dempsey
June 23rd 2014 | Unknown Binding | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 418 pages | ISBN: 9781552385678 | 9.49 Mb

Hugh Dempsey has for decades been one of Albertas most prolific and influential public historians. Author of more than twenty books, he has also been in on the ground floor of the development of many key Alberta institutions, including the IndianMoreHugh Dempsey has for decades been one of Albertas most prolific and influential public historians. Author of more than twenty books, he has also been in on the ground floor of the development of many key Alberta institutions, including the Indian Association of Alberta, the Historical Society of Alberta, and most importantly, the Glenbow Museum.

Now, in his own words, he recounts his interesting and varied careers as journalist, government publicity writer, popular historian, archivist and museum administrator, speaker, and lecturer. Beginning with a compelling account of his childhood in Edmonton in the 1930s when his family was for a time on relief during the Depression and his 1940s teenage escapades hitchhiking across the continent, Dempseys narrative moves into the frenetic world of post-war urban journalism.

A fateful chance assignment as a reporter for the Edmonton Bulletin in February 1950 led to his involvement with the fledgling Indian Association of Alberta, its secretary John Laurie, president James Gladstone, and Gladstones daughter Pauline, whom Dempsey would eventually marry.

This in turn led to a strong interest in First Nations culture and biography through which Dempsey was able to combine oral history with scholarly records to produce historical writing with a broad popular appeal. During the 1950s, Dempsey helped design early provincial historical recognition programs and began his lifelong involvement with the Historical Society of Alberta.

In 1956 he joined the Glenbow Foundation (later Glenbow Museum), where for the next thirty-five years he would play a crucial part in its growth and reputation for excellence, designing and managing the Glenbow Archives and eventually serving as Acting Director of the Museum before retiring in 1991. Written with the trademark Hugh Dempsey eye for detail and lively anecdote, this memoir will be essential and enjoyable reading for anyone interested in western and First Nations history and the growth of key Alberta cultural institutions.



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