Many historians acknowledge the Glenbow as their favourite archive. Doug Cass had a lot to do with creating a warm and welcoming environment. He was genuinely interested in what researchers were working on and was always helpful in ferreting out sources that enriched and expanded our work. His knowledge of the collections was unparalleled. One hour with Doug was worth a full day’s work in another archives. Over many decades, he has advised researchers working in a diverse range of fields, including histories of petroleum, labour and the working class, Indigenous peoples, the North-West Mounted Police, farming, ranching, politics, railroads, women and gender, and many more. We thank him for his energetic acquisition of manuscripts, photographs, and other archival records that made the Glenbow such an extraordinary place for researching Western Canada. As the library hours were curtailed and staff budgets threatened, Doug maintained professional advocacy for the library and archives, and for the inherent connections among all the collections. We will miss him, and the Glenbow, but we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement and hope his legacy is carried on in the new University of Calgary setting.
Your HCW 2021 Committee has arranged for about 45 events, comprised of 31 outdoor events and 14 virtual events. As usual, there is something for everyone – from panel discussions, to walks, to bike rides, to story time for kids. We are excited!
With the continuing success in vaccinations in Alberta, we are optimistic that these events will proceed from July 23 through August 2 as planned, subject to any restrictions that may apply at the time. At this point we cannot guarantee that the outdoor events can proceed if restrictions remain in place. Whatever restrictions are in place we will limit attendance at all outdoor events at an as yet undetermined level. We may as well encourage attendees to wear masks regardless of the restrictions at the time.
Precise details will be outlined about 2 weeks before the beginning of the festival. Keep an eye on our Historic Calgary Week webpage for more information.
The Scarboro Community Association is hosting an interactive history workshop on Wednesday night, June 16th at 7pm to celebrate the finalization of its Historical Context Paper (almost 200 pages). See: www.scarborocommunity.com/heritage. A 1-hour online presentation plus 30 minutes for questions will focus on Scarboro’s unique community history. Click here to reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite.
See our latest monthly e-newsletter. May's e-newsletter includes a reflection from Shari Peyerl on oral history and a new challenge to check out the mural's in Calgary's Chinatown.
Heritage Calgary is accepting applications for the 2021 Heritage Calgary Awards until May 19, 2021.
The Heritage Calgary Awards (previously known as the Lion Awards) celebrate the diverse heritage of our shared home. Every second year we honour those who have made efforts to identify, preserve, and promote heritage in Calgary to help enrich our communities.
This year they will be recognizing FIVE award categories:
Advocacy & Volunteerism
Heritage Trades & Crafts
More information about specific category requirements and application process can be found here: https://www.heritagecalgary.ca/heritage-calgary-awards.
Improvements are underway to the Glenbow Digital Collection at University of Calgary Libraries.· The updated collection is available here: https://digitalcollections.ucalgary.ca· Webinars are available about the Glenbow Digital Collection and how to use it. Register here: https://workrooms.ucalgary.ca/calendar/lcr-workshops?cid=3603&t=d&d=0000-00-00&cal=3603&ct=34530&inc=0.
Information about upcoming events hosted by the CCHS and our partner organizations, as well as an article on local history, delivered to your inbox on the 15th of every month. Every e-newsletter contains an unsubscribe button which will remove your e-mail address from our list.
Welcome to new Board Members:
Mary Ann Kenny
Walt DeBoni, Past President
Jackie Kleiner, President
Graeme Miller, Secretary
Paul Mercer, First Vice President
Megan Ballard, Second Vice President
Kim Geraldi, Director
Sarah Harvey, Director (Social Media)
Patrick Mealey, Director (Programs)
Andrew Bardsley, Director (App Committee)
Thank you to outgoing members: Nicole Marion-Patola, Kari Burgess, and Vivian Sampson
The main change will allow for electronic forms of meeting notification, voting etc for the Board and Members. Also termination of membership is scheduled when fees are 6 months overdue. President can serve more than one two year term if there is no one to succeed them.
CCHS is in a very good position financially. We have a small surplus, donations have remained strong and funds have been set aside for the development of the Walking App. We are currently invested in two GIC’s.
Thank you to Roberta Ryckman and Ron Kessler for acting as Auditors.
Since August 2020 we have hosted 18 events, 1556 households have tuned in, for an estimated 2000 participants. Virtual programs are scheduled until mid June. Thank you to the Calgary Public Library for hosting us.
We are planning a modified Historic Calgary Week for July 23 to August 2, 2021, stay tuned!
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Given that restrictions continue to be in place preventing us from meeting in person, we decided to hold our AGM virtually. We hope that you will join us for this important annual event. You can participate on Zoom, which also has a phone-in feature. Please register for the AGM by emailing your intent to attend the meeting virtually to email@example.com. You will receive connection information and meeting materials in the week prior to the meeting. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (403) 261-4667.
Congratulations to Kristian Belliveau, recipient of the 2020 Elise Corbet Scholarship. Born and raised in Calgary, Kristian is in his fourth and final year of his undergraduate degree in at the University of Calgary, majoring in History. Kristian is passionate about 20th century European and Canadian History, and intends to pursue a career in Education.
The Elise Corbet Scholarship is sponsored by the Chinook Country Historical Society. It is offered annually to a continuing undergraduate student in the University of Calgary Faculty of Arts, majoring in History. The recipient must take a minimum of two Canadian History courses (and received a grade of B or better in at least two of the courses) and have a GPA of 3.20 or higher in their last 5 history classes.
Looking for the ideal gift for your children or grandchildren? Give them the gift of history by purchasing our two books that highlight Calgary’s history for young readers. In The Footsteps of Giants was created through the volunteer efforts of some 25 authors.
Written for readers 8 – 12 years of age, these books are also enjoyed by many adults. Readers will join fictional youths, Sarah and Harry, on their adventures as they experience Calgary and area today while learning more about the people and events of the past. They will meet the sometimes colourful characters that are part of our history and created this great city we live in.
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Following are the Tables of Content for both books:
1. When Dinosaurs and Sabretooths Roamed the Bow Valley — Cory Gross
2. Sam and Jane Livingston: Pioneers — Walt DeBoni
3. Reverend George McDougall — Kate Reeves
4. The Arrival of the North West Mounted Police — Joan Lawrence
5. Sound the Trumpet: The Story of Fred Bagley — Bob Pearson
6. The Railway Comes to Town — Rob Lennard
7. We Needed Lumber: Peter Prince Delivered — Irene DeBoni
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls: Calgary’s First Schools — Valerie Walker
9. Ici On Parle Français — Elizabeth Marshall
10. Building the House of Jacob: Jacob Diamond and Congregation House of Jacob — Agnes Romer Segal
11. The Dream of Annie Davidson — Christine Hayes
12. Bowness Booms: John Hextall — Dr. Judith Barge
13. The Aviation Adventures of Fearless Freddie McCall — Shirlee Smith Matheson
14. Nellie McClung and the Famous Five — Faye Reineberg Holt
1. How Napi Created Land and North Blackfoot People — Aposoyis (Stewart Breaker) and Minikaiyayii (Clifford Crane Bear), as told by their ancestors, and told to Joan Lawrence
2. Father Albert Lacombe, “The Man of Good Heart” — Helen Kominek, PhD and Gayle Thrift, PhD
3. John Glenn and Adelaide Belcourt, First Settlers at the Historic Bow Valley Ranche — Rob Lennard
4. George McLean (Chief Walking Buffalo or Tatâga Mânî) — Ian Getty
5. Bishop Cyprian Pinkham and Jean Pinkham — David Peyto
6. Charlie Yuen: Senator Patrick Burns’ Right-Hand Man — Karen Gummo
7. Bucking the Trend: Guy Weadick, the Big Four, and the Calgary Stampede — Christine Leppard
8. Leaving the Rails Behind: The Chinese Community in Calgary — Walt DeBoni
9. From Volunteer to Judge: Alice Jamieson — Sheila Moore Johnston
10. Oil! Dingman No. 1 in Turner Valley — Walt DeBoni
11. Maude Riley: Calgary’s Mrs. Claus — Karen Grikitis-Sage
12. Cappy Smart Works His Way up the Ladder — Brenda Etherington
13. Annie Gale: Alderman — Faye Reineberg Holt
14. Lines Grids and Gunny Sacks: The Story of the Stones of Signal Hill — Phyllis Wheaton
15. The Calgary Zoo is Born — Debbie Noesgaard
16. The Story of Chief Peter Wesley(Taotha) and Banff Indian Days — Roland Rollinmud, as told to Ian Getty