Due to the COVID-19 issues, Chinook Country Historical Society is announcing the following changes in its programs:

1. The Annual General Meeting, dinner and presentation scheduled for March 24 has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the future.

2. The Building Calgary Communities presentation with Martin Cowan, scheduled for April 3 is postponed.

2. The presentation Bison in Alberta: Their Present, Past and Future, scheduled for April 21 is cancelled. This event may be rescheduled for a future date.

3. The CCHS Special Event: Patricia Allen, Visionary, scheduled for May 13 will be evaluated in the last half of April to determine whether it can proceed.

4. The presentation Pre-contact Indigenous Specializations, scheduled for May 26 is cancelled.

Please visit our website from time to time for any updates.

2019/2020 Schedule of Events


September 17th, 2019

Ranching Under the Arch: Stories from the Southern Alberta Ranchlands

D. Larraine Andrews, Historian, Author


Central Library 

802 - 3 St SE


Pioneers made the rangelands their home, conserving and preserving the land for generations to come. In the process, they were instrumental in establishing the vibrant and successful ranching industry that remains a fundamental part of our history and our future. Using photos and readings, this talk will delve into some of these compelling stories.


October 15th, 2019

The Glenbow Western Research Centre: An Introduction and Tour at the Taylor Digital Library

Dr. Annie Murray, Associate University Librarian, Archives and Special Collections


Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary

410 University Ct NW



Come and learn about special and archival collections in the new Centre scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019. In this new research centre anyone can access the holdings of Special Collections, the archives of Canadian Architecture, U of C and the Glenbow. You will be introduced to the new Centre and participate in a short tour. Pre-register at or call 403-210-9521.

October 29th, 2019

Like the Phoenix: The Alberta University of the Arts

Jennifer Salahub, Professor Emerita at AUArts


Central Library

802 - 3 St SE


The institution that most of us know as the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Art College, or even the ACA took on a new identity and will now be known as the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts). This illustrated talk touches on the lesser known highlights of more than a century of institutional history--from its creation in 1916 as the Art in the Provincial Institute of the Technology and Art through a tangled social history marked by relocations and changing identities to present day.


November 26th, 2019

The Banff-Canmore Mission and the Popular Novelist Ralph Connor

Dr. David Marshall, Professor, Department of History, University of Calgary


Central Library

802 - 3 St SE


David Marshall will explore how the Rev. Charles W. Gordon's years serving as a missionary in the Banff-Canmore region served as a foundation and inspiration for his literary career as the popular novelist "Ralph Connor."


December 7th, 2019

Christmas Luncheon

Margaret Shelton: Eminent Alberta Artist

Elizabeth Herbert, MA, Author, Art Educator, Instructor

Lunch at 11am, Talk at 12pm

Danish Canadian Club

727 - 11 Ave SW


Shelton's work is not only evidence of her devotion to the landscape, but also to political beliefs that are frequently reflected in her choice of subjects. Her work from the Drumheller Valley area, the Alberta mountain parks and Calgary will be presented, with a view to placing it in the context of contemporary work.


January 28th, 2020

Sitting Bull: Four Years in Canada

Jack Dunn, Retired Teacher, Historian, Author


Central Library

802 - 3 St SE


Sitting Bull brought 4,000 Sioux to Canada. Why did he come here, what was the impact and danger in the situation? How did other Nations and the NWMP react? This presentation will shine a light on this segment of Alberta history.


February 18th, 2020

Mapping Black Calgary, 1890-1960

Cheryl Foggo, Author, Filmmaker, Playwright


Central Library

802 - 3 St SE

Immerse yourself in the Calgary you didn't learn about in school. Through images, text and maps, Cheryl Foggo will bring to life the people, places and events of Black Calgary across a span of time.


March 24th, 2020

AGM & Dinner

"Please do not subject our children to annihilation:" Calgarians Against Nuclear Arms

Dr. Nicole Marion-Patola, Senior Associate, Know History

AGM at 5pm, talk at 7pm

FCJ Centre

219 - 19 Ave SW


From 1959 to 1963 there was a small but enthusiastic disarmament movement in Canada. Opposition to the notion of nuclear weapons on Canadian soil was politically challenging in Calgary. Nevertheless, many Cold War Calgarians spoke out and marched against nuclear arms.


April 21st, 2020

Bison in Alberta: Their Past, Present and Future

Harvey Locke and Marie-Eve Marchand, Conservationists, Photographers and Writers


Central Library

802 - 3 St SE


Alberta has played a disproportionate role in the human relationship with bison from pre-history to the XXI century. In many ways, the bison is a symbol of Albertan's relationship with nature.


May 26th, 2020

Pre-contact Indigenous Specialisations

Dr. Linda Many Guns, Professor, University of Lethbridge Indigenous Studies


Central Library

802 - 3 St SE


This presentation will outline the wide variety of knowledge found in Blackfoot Territory before contact. Examples include large trade centres, successful brain surgery, horse training, weapon making, etc. Learn about the winter count holders, women who were warriors, healing and plant medicine, etc.

Fall & Winter 2019-2020 Program

2019/2020 Program (pdf)


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