Those part of Glenbow’s new exhibition share their thoughts
Aritha van Herk Author of the book that inspired
The opening of Mavericks: an Incorrigible History of Alberta could not come at a better time. Alberta is welcoming so many newcomers that now, more than ever, we need to re-discover the patterns of our collective memory, and how that past is reflected in our present-day cultural and social habits. Most of all, this gallery celebrates the unpredictable aspects of Alberta’s nuanced history.
Alison Hart Daughter of Maverick Stu Hart,
pro wrestling impresario
My father would have been honoured to have been included in this exhibit. He was a very humble man who survived poverty and homelessness at a very early age. He believed in his abilities and his dreams. My dad was very proud to be a part of Alberta's heritage. Many of the other inductees included in this exhibit displayed the same perseverance and leadership. Their contributions are undeniable.
Megan Mayell granddaughter of Maverick James
Mah Poy, Chinese restaurateur
He came from China and didn't have much money. He assimilated fairly quickly, because he knew it was important to become part of the growing town, to be a part of the business end of it. As a child, we all had to work in the cafe. Here I am, seven years old, standing on a wooden Coke box, doing the cash for the customers. Nowadays, the corner store has been taken over by big chain stores so it's not quite the same.
Peter Lougheed Former Alberta premier,
I believe that the Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta Gallery is perhaps the most significant exhibit that the Glenbow Museum has done in its entire history.
I come to this view because the exhibit is professionally presented and in such an interesting format; and by its nature it is very informative for a wide cross-section of our citizens.
Fred McCall Son of Maverick Freddie McCall,
First World War flying ace
My father, Captain Freddie McCall, was a true Maverick. During World War 1 he shot down 37 enemy aircraft in less than 10 months. After the war, he barnstormed around Alberta giving flying exhibitions in cities and rural towns, landing and taking off from farmers’ fields, opening new air routes, and risking his life to pioneer aviation in Alberta.
Aritha van Herk
James Mah Poy