Art Gallery of Alberta

Red Serge Lecture

The Uniform: Evolution of a Symbol
with Dr. Rod Macleod

March 12, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
Free; registration required*

The scarlet tunic of the Mounted Police was chosen very carefully for its symbolic significance to the First Nations. It caught on instantly with Canadians as a result of the publicity generated by the 1874 march west and the art work of Henri Julien. As early as the 1880s the paintings and drawings of Frederick Remington had made it widely known in the United States. By the 1920s it was as much a symbol of Canada world-wide as the beaver or the maple leaf. The talk will explore how this happened.

Rod Macleod is Professor Emeritus of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. Some of his books include The North West Mounted Police and Law Enforcement, Prairie Fire: The 1885 North West Rebellion (with Bob Beal) and All True Things: A History of the University of Alberta 1908-2008. He is currently writing a biography of Sir Sam Steele.

*Limited number of tickets available. Call 780.429.1232 or email artrental@youraga.ca to book a ticket.

Opening Lecture sponsored by Edmonton Heritage Council


Related programming

Artist Talk: Harold Pearse | March 19, 12-1 pm | Ledcor Theatre Foyer, Lower Level | Free


Image: Photograph of Samuel Benfield Steele in his North-West Mounted Police uniform and mounted on a horse (“Black Prince”) at Fort Macleod, ca.1894. Photographer: Steele and Co., Winnipeg. Image courtesy of the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta.