Learn Downtown: The Hidden History of Arab Traders on the Prairies

August 30, 2023
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Stanley A. Milner Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2V4
This session is part of Learn Downtown, a City of Learners speaker series offering bite-size learning opportunities downtown.

Join local author and filmmaker Omar Mouallem to learn about this fascinating history of the Prairies.

What do the Burger Baron, Al-Rashid Mosque, and those vans selling kitschy flags on Fort Road all have in common? They’re deeply connected to some of the first Arab immigrants to arrive in North America. Join author/filmmaker Omar Mouallem, best known for his documentary about Burger Baron, The Lebanese Burger Mafia, for a unique presentation that shows how Middle Eastern homesteaders, peddlers and fur traders left a mark on the Prairies that surround us today.

Complimentary lunch will be provided in support by The Downtown Vibrancy Strategy.

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