Celebrate the season with an Edmonton Christmas story!

We’re welcoming the holiday season with a new offering for History in the Community! Tom Long has created another wonderful presentation with a seasonal twist for our roster of free bookable history talks! You can head to https://historicedmonton.ca/events/history-in-the-community/ to book a virtual visit for your organization! The 1846 Christmas Feast and other Fort Edmonton Tales…

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Speaker Series Recap – From Kuriositätenkabinett to ‘Cabinet of Virtual Reality’: the evolution of the museum.

On Tuesday, September 28th 2021, EDHS hosted the virtual Speaker Series presentation by Myriam Gerber, PhD candidate, titled From Kuriositätenkabinett to ‘Cabinet of Virtual Reality’: the evolution of the museum.  For an online audience of 46 members and guests, Myriam illustrates the emergence of the modern museum from early European collections  – so-called Wunderkammernor cabinets of curiosities –…

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Speaker Series Recap and Annual General Meeting

On Tuesday, April 27, EDHS held our April Speaker Series night for the second time in the pandemic era. Once again, our John Rowand dinner was scratched due to health restrictions, but we had a generous attendance for our online speaker presentation and annual general meeting. Our speaker was Darren Dalgleish, President and CEO of…

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Speaker Series Recap – Indigenous Lenses: Reimagining History

On Tuesday, March 23, EDHS hosted a virtual Speaker Series presentation by Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Amber Paquette, entitled Indigenous Lenses: Reimagining History. For an online audience of 80 members and guests, Amber spoke about the Indigenous trade systems, the “arteries of the continent,” that existed for millennia before European contact. Like the great cities and cultural…

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Speaker Series Recap – The Beillevaire Letters (1879-1937)

On Tuesday, February 23, EDHS hosted a virtual Speaker Series presentation, The Beillevaire Letters (1879-1937). Dr. Juliette Champagne introduced an online audience of more than 70 to the letters of Father Hippolyte Beillevaire, a French priest who arrived in the Canadian North-West in 1880. He remained in Canada all his life, working with Indigenous people at Bear Hills,…

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Speaker Series Recap – Settler Suffragists

On Tuesday, January 26, EDHS hosted a virtual Speaker Series presentation, Settler Suffragists and the Edmonton Equal Franchise Campaign, 1905-1916. Dr. Sarah Carter, Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, guided our online audience through the campaign for women’s voting rights that culminated in Alberta’s 1916…

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Call for Board Members

The Edmonton and District Historical Society (EDHS) is seeking nominations for Board members. The Society is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization, with charitable status. Our aim is to promote and preserve the history of the Edmonton region, through the hosting and promotion of historical and educational events and programs, including our Speakers Series and the annual,…

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President’s Message – January 2021

Like many of you, I had some time off around the holidays, but it looked very different from years past. Traditions our family held dear were forgone in consideration of the pandemic, and we had to come up with new ways to do things. Rather than visiting extended family for meals, we ordered in, and…

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Isolation: Then and Now

Now that winter is here and we face the new COVID-19-related need for more social isolation, a slice of Alberta History from Norah L. Lewis’ article Goose Grease and Turpentine may provide some perspective on our notion of hardship.  Lewis reviewed the women’s pages of farm and ranch newspapers and magazines spanning 1900 to 1920…

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Speaker Series Recap – A Mystery from Norway

On Tuesday, October 27th, long-time EDHS board member Christine Prokop presented our Speaker Series offering, “A Mystery from Norway.” The mystery started with an email to EDHS in 2019 from Victor Iversen, a gentleman in Norway, that included a photo of a small town streetscape. Victor was hoping to confirm family lore that his grandmother, Agnes…

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