History in the Classroom

The Edmonton and District Historical Society is extremely proud to offer a unique educational experience to Alberta students through a program sponsored by the Phyllis Arnold Learning Fund from the Edmonton Community Foundation.


Beavers, Beads and Pemmican 

Beavers, Beads and Pemmican is a field trip that comes to your classroom. Our public historian, Jim Higgs, presents life as it was in the Edmonton area around 1867 by reliving the days of the western Canadian fur trade. This lively presentation is geared to upper elementary students and is designed to enhance curriculum topics on the history of Alberta and Canada. The presentation is 90 to 120 minutes in length and is suitable for a classroom setting of 25 to 30 students (only).

Please note that the presentations are limited to only three days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).  Thursday and Friday dates are not available for registrations.


Other Topics

Besides the fur trade, Jim can also offer presentations on Métis life and the North West Mounted Police.


Free Program!

Thanks to the generosity of the Phyllis Arnold Learning Fund, administered through the Edmonton Community Foundation, Beavers, Beads and Pemmican is presented at no cost to schools. Please use the registration form to request this free program for your class.


NOTE: When you register for a program, please indicate which topic you’d like Jim to present. If you’d like more than one topic, you must complete a separate registration for each.

The classroom visits compliment the EDHS publication, The Fur Trade in the West, a copy of which was given to every elementary school and library in the Edmonton area in 2016 in anticipation of Canada 150.


Questions? Contact EDHS at info@historicedmonton.ca