Welcome to Intangible Alberta. Here at the Royal Alberta Museum, we tell stories through objects. But what about those stories that have no objects? Those experiences that go beyond the material, beyond the tangible? On this podcast, we'll share stories outside the display case, bringing the museum to you.
It came from summer camp: Goatman, Alberta’s folk monster
Growing up, I attended a summer youth camp at Hills of Peace, a campground nestled into a prairie hollow halfway between Czar and Consort. My earliest memories of the camp include rolling hills, the cool lake, quaint cabins, and the monster that terrorized it all: Goatman.
We never saw him, but we heard his tale every night after the glowing campfire had been doused. A maniacal ex-logger with a makeshift goat leg, as scary as he was, he was beloved. He was our monstrous mascot, covertly celebrated and rarely acknowledged by the adults in the light of day.
As an adult, I wondered how and why the Goatman haunted those hills? After years of investigation, I’ve discovered that Goatman’s territory stretches far beyond Hills of Peace.
In this episode, we track Goatman across the province, find out why campers tell his tale, and reflect on the importance of summer camp folklore.
Thank you to Angie Jenkins, Kirk Boote, and Shaina Humble.
Intangible Alberta is produced in partnership between the Royal Alberta Museum and Strathcona County Museum and Archives.
Blue Dot Sessions - Campfire Interlude; Bedroll
Lobo Loco - Evening Campfire; Place on my Bonfire
Purple Planet Music - Space Journey
Hatti's Harlem Chicken Inn
A half-century ago, if you stood on the doorstep of the Royal Alberta Museum, you would have looked down what was then 98th street to Hatti’s Harlem Chicken Inn. From the outside, it may have appeared to be an unassuming restaurant. But for Edmonton’s Black community, Hatti’s was more than just a chicken joint — it was a meeting place, where culture and community flourished.
The story of Hatti’s Harlem Chicken Inn is all around us: in local community history books, online articles, in personal testimonies, in photos and newspaper articles, in the memories of those who knew Hatti and her restaurant. Threads stretching out in space and time, and precious ones at that. In this episode of Intangible Alberta, Mat interviews Hatti’s family, community members, and local historians to try to gather these threads, to weave visible what might otherwise be subtle and hard to see.
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The magic vintage toys of Christmas morning
Do you remember your favourite childhood toy? If you close your eyes and imagine, you may be able to remember how it felt in your hands, what it smelled like, or the excitement you felt on the day you got it. For a moment, you might even feel like you’re transported back to your younger years, a time when your world was as big as your imagination, and a toy wasn’t just a toy, but something more… something magic.
In this holiday episode of Intangible Alberta, Mat chats with vintage toy collectors Shane Turgeon and Trevor Schneider, and Mat’s parents, Susan and Ryan, to explore the nostalgia around vintage toys, collecting, and keeping the magic of Christmas morning alive.
Ghosts in the vault - a Halloween special
In today’s Halloween episode, we share three spooky stories from the RAM collections.
Be kind, please remind... me about video rental stores!
In this episode we talk with the owners of two remaining stores - Kevin Martin of The Lobby and Shawn Davis of Movieworld - about the history, meaning, and future of the video rental store in Alberta.
Welcome to Intangible Alberta
Welcome to Intangible Alberta, a Royal Alberta Museum podcast.