Speakers Series Recap – Unorthodox Founding of the Ukrainian (Greek) Orthodox Church of Canada

On Tuesday, January 22, a large gathering of our members and guests enjoyed Dr. Jars Balan’s telling of the complex and very human story of the “Unorthodox Founding of the Ukrainian (Greek) Orthodox Church of Canada.” He led us through the rivalry between Catholic and Orthodox Ukrainian traditions, the weaving of religious, ethnic and linguistic…

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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 2019

For those who recently attended the Chapter Christmas party, thank you, and hope you enjoyed the evening, notably the presentation about Alberta and the First World War by Stephane Guevremont. A most engaging speaker, he covered a wide range of issues relative to the Alberta home front during this period of time, many dealing with…

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Christmas Dinner Recap – Alberta and The Great War

On Tuesday, November 27, EDHS members and guests came together at the Prince of Wales Armouries for our annual Christmas dinner and Speaker Series presentation. This year we enjoyed a wonderfully engaging talk by Dr. Stéphane Guevremont, Alberta and the Great War. Dr. Guevremont, a military historian and Honorary Colonel of the RCAF’s 419 Tactical Fighter…

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Speakers Series Recap – The Métis: Lac Ste. Anne & St. Albert

More than 100 people came to hear Sharon Morin’s October 23 Speaker Series presentation on the Métis of Alberta. Sharon took the crowd on a journey through time, exploring the history of particular communities (with a focus on the settlements of St. Albert and Lac Ste. Anne), the symbols of Métis culture, political aspirations and…

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Speakers Series Recap – Cheers: Tales of Alberta Beer

On Tuesday, September 25, we enjoyed our first and “foam-most” Speaker Series presentation of 2018-19, Cheers – Tales of Alberta Beer. Historians Julia Petrov & Trisha Carleton led us through the fascinating development of brewing in our province, from the legal and geographical restrictions of the 1880s to the regional industry that pitted Calgary, Edmonton, Strathcona, Lethbridge and…

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EDHS unveils new website

You spoke and we listened! At the beginning of August, 2018 the Edmonton and District Historical Society unveiled our new website. We’ve been working on it since fall, 2017. We hired Edmonton-based BubbleUp Web Design and they’ve helped us come up with a sleek new design. One of the new features we’re really excited about…

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Bus Tour Recap – Farms and Food with a little bit of History

Dozens of people joined us for this fun filled bus trip to 3 farms along highway 14 towards Viking, We mixed a little history about the farms with food and a wine tasting along the way. Natures Green Acres – Heritage pigs and Nouveau beef grass fed with no added hormones or antibiotics. Irving Farm…

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The Fur Trade In The West

The Edmonton and District Historical Society has published a student resource, The Fur Trade in the West, to commemorate Canada’s 150thBirthday in 2017. Written by Phyllis Arnold, the book is 80 pages and contains hundreds of photos, maps and other visuals, with text geared to the upper elementary reading level. It focuses on what people were…

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History In The Classroom

Beavers, Beads and Pemmican presents life as it was in the Edmonton area around 1867 by reliving the flourishing fur trade in the Canadian west.  This free classroom visit is presented by our teacher-historian, Jim Higgs, to enhance the curriculum topics on the history of Alberta and Canada for upper elementary students. More details under the “History in…

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