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The Khalsa Raj Exhibition in Canada
The Khalsa Raj Exhibition in Canada
 
 
Panjabi Digital Library Canada launched The Khalsa Raj: Banda, Battles & Body Politicexhibition in Surrey, British Columbia from April 11-24, 2013.

We were extremely fortunate to have Khalsa Credit Union sponsor the exhibition and Surrey Libraries host it at the City Centre Library in Surrey, BC. The advantage of having the exhibition in a library was enormous as it was displayed in the main entrance hall with high visibility. It was not possible to miss it on entering the library! It allowed people from all over the Greater Vancouver area to come and see the exhibition at their convenience during the long library opening times over 10 days. Sikhs and non Sikh of all ages were able to spend as much time as they wished reading and appreciating the history being told sequentially about the leadership of Banda Singh Bahadur, spanning the years 1708-1716.
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Schools from neighboring cities including Burnaby organized educational outings to the library as part of their studies, which was a unique opportunity for students that participated, to appreciate an important period of Sikh history as well as to recognize the value to preserving historical artifacts in digital format for easy access online free. We were also fortunate to host two special presentations in the library that were well attended by more than 200 people.

The whole experience of bringing an exhibition of this scale to the Greater Vancouver area was very exciting and required much work from our local volunteers who spent tireless hours preparing, hosting and winding up the 10 day event. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers that gave generously of their valuable time and endless energy to make sure we had a very successful exhibition in Surrey, the first of its kind in Canada.

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