Doug Coats Presents: Calgary Welcomes the Car

Presented in Partnership with the Calgary Public Library

Calgarians with money and a sense of adventure embraced the newfangled automobile with open arms. Grab your duster and goggles and join our excursion into the novelty, freedom, challenges and misadventures of early motoring in Calgary. You don't even need a license--there weren't any! 

Chinook County Historical Society presents this online presentation in partnership with the Calgary Public Library. Please check the Calgary Public Library website for details on how to access the talk.

June 3

6:30-8:00 pm

Free event.

Click here to register.

May 2020 Newsletter

See our May 2020 newsletter here for information on upcoming online events and an article on Rouleauville by Suzanne de Courville Nicol.

April 2020 Newsletter

See the April 2020 CCHS newsletter for an update on planning for Historic Calgary Week in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic. The newsletter also features Don Smith's review of Jack Dunn's, The Northwest Mounted Police, 1873-1885.

Historical Society of Alberta Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Historical Society of Alberta, scheduled for Saturday, May 23, has been postponed. All of those currently registered for the AGM will be contacted with further details. For more information, please see the attached letter from HSA president Tim Marriott.

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The Wreck of Nova Zembla

Calgary Public Library Event

In September 1902 the whaling vessel Nova Zembla struck a reef off Baffin Island and sank fast. Using first-hand accounts and other historic clues Dr. Michael Moloney and Dr. Matthew Ayre, research fellows at the Arctic Institute of North America, UCalgary, found the remains of the wreck and will take you through their fascinating investigation.

Monday, March 4


Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library

Free Event, No Registration Required


CCHS Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2020

January 2020 Newsletter

Read January's monthly newsletter, featuring a history of Chestermere by Brandi Holmes.

December 2019 Newsletter

Read our latest monthly newsletter, featuring the announcement of the recipient of the 2019 Diana Sim Volunteer Recognition Award and an article by Shari Peyerl on holiday photos from the Glenbow.

CCHS Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2019

Winter 2019 Newsletter (pdf)


November 2019 Newsletter

Read our latest monthly newsletter, featuring articles by  Jennifer E. Salahub, Professor Emerita at AUArts and Christine Hayes, information specialist for the Calgary Public Library.

October 2019 Newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter, featuring an article on haunted Calgary by Brian Robertson.


2019 Shortlist for the Governor General's History Award

Congratulations to the Calgary Gay History Project!

Congratulations to our friends with the Calgary Gay History Project, which has been shortlisted for the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming. See here for the full list of shortlisted candidates.

Uncovering Human History: Archaeology and Calgary Parks

The City of Calgary has just released an archeological survey of many Calgary Parks. Check it out here.


Fall 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

Fall 2019 Newsletter (pdf)


September 2019 Newsletter

 Our 2018 initiative to launch a monthly e-newsletter for CCHS members was stalled due to unforeseen circumstances. We are pleased to announce that this project is now up and running for the 2019/2020 season.  In addition to our quarterly print newsletters, CCHS members with e-mail addresses can now expect to receive an e-newsletter sent to their inboxes on the 15th of every month.  We will also make the newsletter available here.