EDHS Response to Covid-19

Covid-19 is on everyone’s mind, including the board and members of the Edmonton and District Historical Society. In response to the pandemic, we’ve postponed our recent talk “A Mystery from Norway”, which will instead run during the 2020/21 season.  After careful consideration, we have also cancelled John Rowand Night in April. The board passed a…

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Speaker Series Recap – Film Censorship in Alberta

On Tuesday, February 25, EDHS welcomed Dave Clarke for a Speaker Series presentation on the history of film censorship in Alberta. In a deep dive into the surviving records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Dave discovered that Alberta’s maverick reputation carried over to its approach to film censorship. Alberta cut and banned films more…

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Speaker Series Recap – Best Edmonton Mall

On Tuesday, January 28th, another healthy crowd of EDHS members and history buffs joined us at the Old Timers’ Cabin, this time for Matthew Dutczak’s presentation, “Best Edmonton Mall.” Matthew, a “self-appointed mall historian,” started looking into the history of West Edmonton Mall some years ago as a hobby, and has indulged his amateur interest…

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Call for Board Members

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to get involved in local heritage? Do you want to give back to your community? Do you want experience working with a dynamic group of people who are passionate about our city? The Edmonton and District Historical Society is seeking to fill two voluntary board member positions starting…

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President’s Message – January 2020

This past fall saw some significant impacts to the heritage landscape in Alberta, driven by changes put in place by the provincial government. This includes folding the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, cuts to the Provincial Heritage Organizations (including the Historical Society of Alberta), and cuts to certain grant streams. At the moment, none of these…

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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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