About the Edmonton & District Historical Society

The Edmonton and District Historical Society (EDHS) is a non-profit, charitable society with a mandate to promote, preserve, and celebrate 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.

EDHS Bylaws, 2018

2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

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 Saskatchewan.

How to Get Involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Edmonton and District Historical Society.

Are you a representative of a community organization? Our membership is passionate about heritage issues. We are part of a network of supporters, advocates, and allies. We are open to partnering with other organizations that share our goals.

  • Partners can support EDHS by providing information about who EDHS is and promoting our events and programs. EDHS can do the same for our partners.
  • EDHS may have the ability to provide support to local historic projects and can support other organizations through advocacy.

Do you want to know more about Edmonton’s history and heritage, and help support our work in the community? Why not become a member?

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President: Tim O’Grady
Past President: Sean Moir
Vice-President: Christine Prokop (acting)
Secretary: Lee Smith
Treasurer: Cadence Bergman
Director: Elizabeth Alke
Director: John Dolphin
Director: Joe Hartfeil
Director: Kelsey Kendrick
Director: Matt Ostapchuk
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.