2019 Christmas Party Recap

On November 26, we celebrated the EDHS Christmas party at the Prince of Wales Armouries. This year the festive evening featured Dr. Linda Many Guns, who spoke on the wide diversity of knowledge in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans. The evening started with a traditional Christmas dinner. Dr. Many Guns, a professor in…

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President’s Message – November 2019

Over the course of a year, the Edmonton and District Historical Society touches the lives of many people. Hundreds attend our speakers and bus tours, thousands of children benefit from educational enrichment opportunities, and tens of thousands explore their community through the historic festival. This work is done through the hard work of EDHS’ volunteers…

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Speaker Series Recap – James Bond Steele Diaries

On October 22 EDHS members and guests were treated to a recounting of the James Bond Steele diaries by Melanie Moore and members of the Highlands Historical Society. Steele travelled to the Edmonton area from Ontario in the 1880s and his diaries offer a fascinating glimpse into Canada’s west during a tumultuous and exciting period…

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Speaker Series Recap – William Bird and Mill Creek; The Northern Alberta Pioneers & Descendants Association

On Tuesday, September 24, EDHS held its first Speaker Series presentation of the 2019-20 season in our new home, the Old Timers Cabin. As a fitting salute to this beautiful venue, Dorinda Emery, Executive Director of the Northern Alberta Pioneers & Descendants Association (NAPDA), started the evening off with a brief history of her organization…

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President’s Message – September 2019

I’m writing this letter at the height of a very wet summer. After another successful festival, the board is taking a much deserved rest, and though we’re still working on different projects, we’re taking a break from meetings. This respite has given me a chance to reflect on the 2019 Historic Festival and Doors Open….

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Thanks to our casino volunteers

On Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th directors and members of EDHS worked a casino at West Edmonton Mall. Working this casino allows the Society to secure gaming revenue through AGLC. This money is then put towards eligible expenses. Casino revenues make up a very significant part of our funding, and we couldn’t do…

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Historical Society of Alberta AGM – recap

On May 25 members of the Historical Society of Alberta descended on Blackfoot Crossing to attend the HSA annual general meeting. A national heritage site, Blackfoot Crossing was the location of the signing of Treaty No. 7. The beautiful building is home to a museum and conference facilities, and is set within a breathtaking landscape…

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2019 AGM Recap

On the evening of Tuesday, April 23, the Edmonton and District Historical Society held their annual general meeting after John Rowand Night. Last year’s AGM minutes were reviewed and accepted, the President and Treasurer gave their reports, and the various committee reports were provided for information. We said farewell to Director and Secretary Marilyn Patton,…

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John Rowand Night Recap – Quarantine: The Spanish Flu of 1918-1919

On Tuesday, April 23, a capacity crowd of EDHS members and friends gathered at the University of Alberta Faculty Club for our annual John Rowand Night. Named in honour of a major figure of Edmonton’s fur trade period, John Rowand Night gives us a chance to socialize over dinner, to hold our Annual General Meeting…

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We’re moving!

After nearly two decades operating out of Queen Alexandra School, the Edmonton and District Historical Society is moving our office. Our new location will be in the historic Northern Alberta Pioneers & Descendants Association Old Timers Cabin at 9430 – 99 Street. The new location offers better access, more parking, and a beautiful new venue…

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