In cooperation with Calgary Public Library, Chinook Country is going virtual for our fall programming.
Register for these programs on the Calgary Public Library site. Some of the links are listed below. The best way to find others is to go to the following URL and search for "Chinook Country Historical Society":https://calgarylibrary.ca/events-and-programs/programs/
If you don’t live in Calgary, you do not qualify for a Calgary library card and you cannot register for these events without a library card. As a CCHS member, if you wish to participate in these events, please email us at email@example.com and we can send you the appropriate link.
January 7 | 6:30 pm
Join Josh Traptow, Monarchist & Executive Director of Heritage Calgary as he talks about past Royal Visits to Calgary. From the first visit in 1901 by The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V & Queen Mary) to the latest visit in 2011 by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.
January 21 | 6:30 pm
Join author, art historian, and hiking guide Lisa Christensen in a presentation exploring iconic works of Canadian art, and the mountains that inspired them. Lisa has published four books that link the place and the painting. From views painted alongside the railway to vistas deep in the backcountry, put your virtual boots on and go hiking.
February 4 | 6:30 pm
One day, over a century ago, a young Englishman named John Burgon Bickersteth was walking through the backwoods of Alberta when he made a startling discovery. A hundred years before that, his great grandfather, Edward Bickersteth, walked through an entirely different hinterland and made a very similar discovery. Between both of them is Bertrand Bickersteth, another century away, working to piece together his connection to these Bickersteths, who he will never know, and this land, where he will always be from. Join Bertrand Bickersteth as he pulls all of the pieces together.
Tuesday, February 16 | 6:30 pm
Join Dale Leckie, Ph.D., P Geol., as he guides us through the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks, and the geology and geomorphology that have created the amazing scenery in Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks.
Thursday, March 4 | 6:30 pm
Join historian Don Smith as he explores how journalist Buffalo Child Long Lance (1891-1932) who lived in Alberta in the early 1920’s, Calgary high school teacher John Laurie (1899-1959), and Alberta author Hugh Dempsey (1929- ), all helped to make Indigenous history better known to non-Indigenous Canadians, and especially Albertans.
Thursday, March 18 | 6:30 pm
From the redevelopment of our downtown since the 1950s, to petroleum infrastructure and administrative labour, to the role of indigenous communities, explore how developments in Calgary both reflected and transformed petroleum development throughout Canada.
April 8 | 6:30 pm
Local historian and author, Rob Lennard, is based at the historic Bow Valley Ranche. Perhaps because he likes to “lasso” all stories Alberta, he has become known as the “History Wrangler.”
It is fitting then, that he will begin this presentation by focusing via story and song, on its “Three Distinguished Ranchers,” John Glenn, William Roper Hull, and the “Cattle King,” Senator Patrick Burns.
He will then talk about the brave Alberta soldiers who fought in The Battle of Vimy Ridge, the battle which is the subject of the military themed 3rd book of his trilogy, which is being written for the 105th Anniversary in 2022.
He will conclude with a segment of “Fistful of Alberta History” -- short history subjects from his Twitter Corral.
April 22 | 6:30 pm
Rouleauville, Calgary’s historic French Quarter and now known as the Mission District, was incorporated as a village in 1899. It was named in honour of Judge Charles-Borromée Rouleau and his brother Doctor Édouard-Hector Rouleau, influential French-Canadian settlers. Explore the little known history of this fascinating part of Calgary’s history.
Following the harvest and fall hunt, and before trapping season, Métis communities were left with considerable downtime. From Christmas Eve to New Years, and throughout the wedding season of January and February, this downtime was often filled with ample festivities. Join us to learn more about winter merriment in Métis communities in Alberta.
Please join us for this virtual program, sponsored by Lougheed House and presented in partnership with Calgary Public Library and Chinook Country Historical Society.
6:30 - 8:00 pm