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Searching for Mary Schäffer

  • CAB 243 Central Academic Building Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E8 Canada (map)

Searching for Mary Schäffer at Mountain Festival 2017
Dr. Colleen Skidmore & the University of Alberta Press

Join the University of Alberta Press at Mountain Festival 2017 for a talk on the newest book in its Mountain Cairns series, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography, by photo historian and University of Alberta Professor Colleen Skidmore.

Mary Schäffer was a photographer, writer, botanical painter, and mapmaker from Philadelphia, renowned for her travels in the Canadian Rockies at the turn of the 20th century. Schäffer’s own themes—women and wilderness, travel and science—shape this critical exploration of her work amid Philadelphia’s science and photography communities, and the scientific, tourist, and Indigenous societies of the Rocky Mountains of Canada.


A display of mountain books, as well as conversation over light refreshments, will follow the talk on Thursday, December 7, 3:30-5 pm in CAB 243.

Moderator Dr. PearlAnn Reichwein

PearlAnn is a historian and professor at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Her research highlights Canada's social and environmental history, particularly in western Canada and mountain regions. 

Her latest book Climber's Paradise: Making Canada's Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 (University of Alberta Press, 2014) investigates the Alpine Club of Canada's mountain adventures and advocacy. It was awarded a Canadian Historical Association national Clio Prize for regional history.