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Experience the Journey of the Horse at the Mah Society of Edmonton

Curator Sue Mah with the “Journey of the Horse” poster leading to the exhibit. Paula E. Kirman

The Mah Society of Edmonton may look like it occupies a small space at its location at 9643 101A Avenue, but its interior resonates with history.

One of the oldest Chinese association in Edmonton, the Society has occuped its current location since 1982. The Society is a network of the Mah family, offering an opportunity for members to stay connected while also giving back to the Chinese and greater Edmonton communities. 

A new exhibit on the main floor of the Mah Society features the family's history with photographs featuring Mah family members, framed lists of donors who helped support previous Mah Society buildings, and a timeline of the Mah family in Edmonton with notable members and their accomplishments.

However, the main attraction is in the basement of the building. "Journey of the Horse" is an extensive exhibit showcasing a century of Chinese history in Edmonton particularly through the lens of the Mah family. In fact, the surname "Mah" means "horse."  The exhibit includes photographs; immersive displays such as a laundromat, restaurant, and general store; and artifacts representing different aspects of Chinese culture and customs. "Journey of the Horse" is a unique, largely first-person look at Edmonton's Chinese history, curated by volunteer community members. There is a lot to see and absorb. Anyone interested in local history and the Chinese community should not miss the opportunity to check out the exhibit.

Opening ceremones for "Journey of the Horse" will take place on February 10th (Lunar New Year) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The exhibit will be open to the general public starting on Sunday, February 11th, and will be available for viewing on several following Sundays. The opening ceremonies and exhibit viewings are free but require registration. For more information and to register, visit the Journey of the Horse website.

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