Learning About Edmonton’s History & Heritage

The Edmonton and District Historical Society (EDHS) is a non-profit, charitable society with a mandate to promote and preserve the history of Edmonton and the surrounding district. We’ve been around since 1907. We began as the seat of the Historical Society of Alberta (HSA). When the HSA was reorganized in 1958, Edmonton became the Amisk Waskahegan Chapter of the HSA. We were renamed the Edmonton and District Historical Society, incorporated as an independent society, on October 1, 1991.

Generations of Edmontonians have embraced the past through our speaker series, historic festival, publications, tours and special events.

The Phyllis Arnold Learning Fund

For several years the Edmonton and District Historical Society has been the beneficiary of the Phyllis Arnold Learning Fund. This money is generously provided by retired publisher and educator Phyllis Arnold, and is received through the Edmonton Community Foundation.

The money provided by the Phyllis Arnold Learning Fund has allowed EDHS to run several important programs over the years, including the incredibly popular History in the Classroom, where a teacher-historian visits elementary school classrooms at no charge to the school, as well as History in the Community, through which free presentations are available from professional historians on a variety of topics. The Phyllis Arnold Learning Fund also allows EDHS to help provide funding to the Edmonton Regional Heritage Fair, and to subsidise bussing to and from the History Centre  for students attending programming at the Fort Heritage Precinct in Fort Saskatachewan.

Do you want to know more about Edmonton’s history and heritage? Why not become a member?

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President: Sean Moir
Past President: Vacant
Vice-President: Tim O’Grady
Secretary: Marilyn Patton
Treasurer: Cadence Bergman
Director: Linda Collier
Director: John Dolphin
Director: Matt Ostapchuk
Director: Christine Prokop
Director: Lee Smith
Director: Stephen Yakimets

Board Email: info@historicedmonton.ca
Board Phone: 780-439-2797

Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton Coordinator: Sue Lacombe
Events Email: events@historicedmonton.ca
Phone: 780-439-2797


Because we are a volunteer-run organization, we do not have regular office hours or a person answering the phone. If you contact us by phone, please be prepared to leave a voice mail message and we will return your call as soon as possible.