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 spent quiet nights at home. Normally, with a few days off, I’d pack up the kids and we’d head to one of the many great museums in town, but with everything closed, we fell down a YouTube rabbit hole of historical content (the British Museum and the Getty were great fun – and the Royal Tyrell has a solid chanel if you want something closer to home).

While activities looked different, they were also the same: community, leisure, education, and fun. Heading into 2021, I think the same is bound to be true for the Edmonton and District Historical Society. Until it is safe for us to meet in person again, we’re going to continue finding ways to provide meaningful historical experiences to our members in new and innovative ways. Along the way, we’ll no doubt create new traditions, but we can’t wait to get back to the old ones too.

While the benefits might look different these days, your membership is so important, as it helps us to promote the stories that make Edmonton home, and it shows that you value our shared past. I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the Society, and we hope you will continue to take part in the Society’s events and activities.

Tim O’Grady