Mary Schaffer

Revisiting Mary Schäffer (plus Alberta Climate Week events)

Mary Schaffer

This week, we’re revisiting an archive interview about naturalist, photographer, writer, and artist Mary Schäffer. In this piece, originally aired in January, Terra Informers Amanda Rooney and Sofia Osborne talked to University of Alberta photography historian and professor Dr. Colleen Skidmore about her latest book Finding Mary Schäffer: Women, Wilderness, Photgraphy. 

We’re also bringing you lots of information about upcoming environmental events in Alberta, including the Alberta Climate Summit and related events across the province. So tune in to find out what’s happening!

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Photo by Mary Schäffer

 

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Mary Schäffer and Women, Wilderness, and Photography

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This week on Terra Informa,  we’re bringing you an interview with Colleen Skidmore about the story of Mary Schäffer, a distinguished exploring woman in Alberta from the 20th century.

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If you live near the Rocky Mountains Alberta, you might have heard the name Schäffer before. There’s a hike in Jasper by Maligne lake called Mary Shäffer Loop and there’s a ballroom named after Mary Schäffer in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. At the University of Alberta, one of the residences on the University of AB campus is called Shäffer Hall.

But who was  Mary Schaffer? University of Alberta historian of photography, Dr. Colleen Skidmore, asked herself this same question before she embarked on writing her latest book: “Finding Mary Schaffer: Women, Wilderness, Photography”. Amanda Rooney and Sofia Osborne spoke with Dr. Skidmore to gain more insight into who Mary Schaffer was and why we still know her name today.

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Photo credit: Used with permission from University of Alberta Press