Academic journal article Alberta History

Community History Festivals: HSA Leads the Way

Academic journal article Alberta History

Community History Festivals: HSA Leads the Way

Article excerpt

Summer has arrived and that means it is time to step into history! The Historical Society of Alberta chapters in Edmonton and Calgary are leading the way in developing community history festivals. These local chapters are providing community residents and visitors alike programs that offer new ways to explore history. Both Historic Calgary Week and Historic Edmonton Week have become anticipated city events that enable heritage partnerships, collaboration and promotion.

In 1991 the Chinook Country Historical Society offered its first program of public walking tours and open house on a local history theme. Since 1997 there have been mid-summer festivals devoted to history in both Calgary and Edmonton. The success of these programs has depended on cooperation and communication with as many as thirty local organizations devoted to the preservation and presentation of history. These partners have included not for profit societies, municipal and provincial government departments, economic agencies, federal associations, private businesses and corporate and media sponsors. Historic Festival Weeks in Edmonton and Calgary have involved approximately 5,000 participants. This year both cities have expanded their programs and established signature opening events and activities. …

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