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.
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.
- You can attend our speakers series, special events, or annual festival.
- Become a member of the Society.
- Contact us about making a donation to help support the work of the Society.
- If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us to discuss potential opportunities.
- Help spread the word about who we are and what we do!
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.
BOARD AND STAFF MEMBERS
President: Tim O’Grady
Past President: Sean Moir
Vice-President: Christine Prokop (acting)
Secretary: John Dolphin
Treasurer: Cadence Bergman
Director: Linda Collier
Director: Joe Hartfeil
Director: Tom Long
Director: Matt Ostapchuk
Director: Lee Smith
Director: Stephen Yakimets
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.