Online field trip videos prove popular

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The Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre has been offering a couple of programs - Wayback Wednesdays and Fieldtrip Fridays - that were first developed during the start of the pandemic.

Both initiatives were created in an effort to bring a museum experience to people through the comfort of their own homes - during a time when it was challenging for residents to go to public sites - and delivering them on either Facebook or YouTube.

Logan Thienes, a summer student and the museum assistant at the GCHCC, has been the driving force behind the project.

The program has been particularly popular with viewers this year after building on the momentum of the project first launched in 2020.

“It’s been going well and people seem to be watching them - it's been very active this year,” said Thienes.

Fieldtrip Fridays give viewers a virtual field trip to locations around the area where they might not be able to go visit themselves.

Field trips have been made to locations that include the Finish saunas around the Numola District, the Shaunavon Plaza Theatre, Scotsguard, Southwest Waste Management landfill site, and the CJSN 1490 radio station.

Wayback Wednesdays offer people a chance to see old items and how things used to be in Shaunavon a long time ago. Some of the topics covered for Wayback Wednesdays were the swimming pool and baseball, as well as an upcoming one for the Crystal Bakery.

“People really seem to be enjoying them,” said Thienes of both sets of video programming. “I think part of that is because they get to go behind the scenes and see things that they don't normally get to see.”

To watch the Field Trip Fridays and Way Back Wednesday videos and posts, head over to the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre Facebook page.

Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard

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