Donalda Museum exhibiting history of Chinese restaurant tradition

The Donalda and District Museum is happy to announce the arrival of “Chop Suey on the Prairie: A reflection on Chinese Restaurants in Alberta.”

There are more Chinese restaurants in North America than there are fast food outlets combined. They range in size and grandeur from upscale banquet halls serving more than 500 people to family run, hole in the wall cafes where the parents cook and serve while the children do homework or clean vegetables in the corner. Chinese restaurants have become so much a part of our landscape that it is hard imagine a time when they were considered exotic. All across the prairies, Chinese restaurants can be found in almost every town and hamlet. While the families that have run those restaurants may have changed over the years, the restaurants remain and have become indispensable centres of small town life. This exhibit is made possible by the Royal Alberta Museum, the Chinese Canadian Pioneer Foundation and the Government of Alberta. The museum hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and you can call 403-883-2100 for more information.

The New Village Website

The Village of Donalda website has been relaunched and sporting a new look. Long in the the works, the new website will provide more information and local news than before. Additions to the site will be ongoing and we look forward to receiving feedback from the public. Please visit and check out the new site.

Donalda Community Forum

Donalda & District Community Promotions Society is sponsoring a Donalda community forum on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the community hall to discuss the implications of the steam train coming to Donalda.

With the rail and ties being installed from Stettler to Red Willow, and the East Central Alberta Heritage Society continuing their work to raise funds to complete the rail construction project to Donalda, it is time to talk about what will change in Donalda when the tourist train returns to our village. The return of the steam train to Donalda will raise our profile and put us back on the map again. We are bringing a group of panelists together in order to answer these and other questions: What will it mean to Donalda? What will it mean to you individually? How can you help? What should we be doing to prepare?

We need you there. We need your input.

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