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Rough road to Lloydminster: online conference exploring city’s past

Lloydminster residents are invited to dive into the history of the city and its founders.

Craig Baird, host of Canadian History Ehx podcast, will be hosting an online conference about the Barr Colony Expedition. Baird says the presentation will follow the trails of the English colony and their leaders Reverend Isaac Barr and Reverend George Lloyd.

“It’s a really interesting story of people who decided to pick up everything and head west. They didn’t know what they were getting into but through their hard work and determination through a long and difficult journey [they] founded one of the most important communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan today.”

The presentation will be done through Zoom Conferencing which will allow people to ask questions and engage with the discussions on the subject. Baird was inspired to organize it after attended an online history conference on cemeteries in Ontario and hopes to do it once a month.

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Baird is well-versed in the country’s history as he has been digging into it through his podcast for the past two years and has touched on several topics.

“I’ve talked about Ken Carter, the mad Canadian, who decided to take a rocket car off a jump to cross the Saint Lawrence River in the 70’s to the rebellions in 1837-38 and pretty much everything in between. I think we just have such a great history and I really enjoy telling that history.”

Baird says he’s excited for the conference because, unlike a podcast, he will be able to see and speak with his audience.

“[With the podcast] I’m talking to the wall or my dog but with the Zoom Conference I can see the faces, I can answer questions directly and I can have pictures to relate more of the story. But what I’m most looking forward to is being able to answer questions and talk to people directly about the history.”

The event will be held on June 29th at 2:30 MST. Registration will cost $10 and those interested in learning about the city’s past can contact Baird at [email protected].

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