September 17th, 2019
Ranching Under the Arch: Stories from the Southern Alberta Ranchlands
D. Larraine Andrews, Historian, Author
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
REGISTRATION NOW FULL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-210-9521.
October 29th, 2019
Like the Phoenix: The Alberta University of the Arts
Jennifer Salahub, Professor Emerita at AUArts
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
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
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
TICKETS REQUIRED FOR LUNCH
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
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
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
219 - 19 Ave SW
TICKETS REQUIRED FOR DINNER
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
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
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.
In cooperation with Calgary Public Library, Chinook Country is going virtual for our fall programming.
While we could not celebrate in person, Historic Calgary week went virtual for 2020. Doug Coats attracted huge audiences with his audience favourites of Calgary’s Oldest Twenty Houses and also Calgary Welcomes the Car. And Shaun Hunter presented the same talk that she had planned to give in Central United Church – Scribblers and Scribblers. It too was an audience favourite. Shaun is also the historian in residence for Calgary Public Library so this worked out perfectly. The library also provided speakers to do virtual presentations. Consequently, our goal is to provide a presentation roughly every two weeks for the next little while.
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":
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.
August 13 | 6:30 pm
Join Shari Peyerl as she travels through time and across the land that is now Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Learn how Indigenous peoples moved their goods without wheeled vehicles, how Glenbow residents contributed to our aviation history and to the first Apollo space mission, and more. In partnership with the Calgary Public Library
August 27 | 6:30 pm
From 1959 to 1963 there was a small disarmament movement in Canada. Opposition to the notion of nuclear weapons in Canada was politically challenging in Calgary. Nevertheless, many Cold War Calgarians spoke out against nuclear arms. Led by Dr. Nicole Marion-Patola, Know History. In partnership with the Calgary Public Library.
Register on the Calgary Public Library site, calgarylibrary.ca.
September 10 | 6:30 pm
Learn about the wide variety of knowledge found in Blackfoot Territory before contact. From large trade centres, successful brain surgery, and weapon making, to plant medicine, women warriors, and more. Led by Dr. Linda Many Guns, Professor, University of Lethbridge Indigenous Studies. In partnership with the Calgary Public Library.
September 24 | 6:30 pm
Join Storyteller, artist and author Karen Gummo who will share Mogensen family stories to celebrate the life of her father, Hugh Mogensen, born at Calgary's General Hospital in 1930. Enjoy a glimpse of early "East Calgary" , a trying time mixed with surprise and delight. In partnership with the Chinook Country Historical Society. Register on the Calgary Public Library website, calgarylibrary.ca .
October 8 | 6:30 pm
From Mounties playing rugby in front of the Deane House to R. B. Bennett performing a ceremonial kick off at Mewata Stadium during the Depression, the team we love had a parallel history with Calgary. Shelly McElroy presents a fan’s perspective of the Stampeders. No green allowed!
October 22 | 6:30 pm
Join Historian in Residence Shaun Hunter to find out about her project to map Calgary’s literary landmarks. Shaun will share her motivation behind the project, and a few of the treasures she’s found in the city’s storied landscape. In partnership with the Calgary Public Library.
November 5 | 6:30-8:00 pm
Join Aldona Jaworska as she discusses her book Polish War Veterans in Alberta: The Last Four Stories. These compelling post-WWII stories of resettlement in Alberta is social history brought to life through intimate first-hand accounts of a unique moment in our past. In partnership with the Calgary Public Library.
Sunday, Nov. 22 | 1:00-2:30 pm
Join English author Robert Nurden as he explores the life and times of his grandfather Stanley James who as a young man spent an eventful time the Canadian west before returning to England. James later became a prolific author who counted G.K. Chesterton and Bertrand Russell among others as friends.
Friday, Dec. 4 | 6:30-8 pm
Join author, photographer, and Albertan Leah Hennel as she shares insights from her new book Along the Western Front. Explore this stunning debut collection of photography which represents a fresh perspective on contemporary cowboy culture and the modern ranching lifestyle throughout central and southern Alberta.