On Tuesday September 22nd EDHS relaunched our new season of the Speakers Series with a book launch for Volume III of the Edmonton House Journals. Edited by Ted Binnema and Gerhard J. Ens, and published by the Historical Society of Alberta, this book covers the period from 1826-1834. It provides a fascinating look into the day-to-day operations of Fort Edmonton under Chief Factor John Rowand, and also includes journals from the short-lived Peigan Post (1833-1834) just outside Calgary.
As our first event under the new reality that is Covid, things looked a little different. We ensured physical distancing by making use of the large hall at the Old Timers Cabin, and we asked attendees to register beforehand in order to limit the number to fifty.
It was a “sold out” crowd, and things went swimmingly. We also had a number of people tune in via Zoom, a practice we plan to continue, allowing more people to participate.
We sold 25 copies of the book on behalf of the Historical Society of Alberta that evening. Copies are available through the HSA for $49.95. Please contact the HSA if you’re interested: the lovely hardbound editions would make a great Christmas gift.