History buffs in Lethbridge

About 60 dedicated history enthusiasts came out on a cold and snowy February night in Lethbridge to attend the annual banquet of the Lethbridge Historical Society at the Galt Museum and Archives. The Lethbridge Herald gave advance notice of the event by running a review of The Good Steward: The Ernest C. Manning Story. “A fascinating look at Alberta’s growth from one of Canada’s have-not provinces to the economic powerhouse it remains today,” wrote reviewer Dave Sulz. I gave my little talk about Manning, signed a few books, and gathered a few personal anecdotes about Manning that I will gratefully use in future presentations.

Still selling well

I’m pleased to announce that The Good Steward: The Ernest C. Manning Story is still on the Calgary Herald’s bestseller list, checking in at No. 6 this week. Over the past few months, I have had lots of opportunity to talk to various community groups about the book, and that has been very rewarding for me. This past week, for example, I did a presentation for about 100 seniors at the Glenbow Museum and, this coming Tuesday (February 24), I will be heading down to Lethbridge to speak at the annual banquet of the Lethbridge Historical Society. It may have to do with the times we live in, but it seems to me that more and more people want to know how politicians dealt with the fallout from the Great Depression. There are lessons to be learned from the way Ernest Manning handled this problem.