Alberta History

Magazine featuring a variety of articles related to the history of Alberta.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, Spring

2002 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History: The Search Is On!
Canada's National History Society (CNHS) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. We are searching for outstanding teachers of Canadian History. Six Recipients Awarded $2500! New...
Central Alberta Historical Society
As anybody who attended the 2000 Historical Society of Alberta AGM and Conference can testify, one of the CAHS's most successful publishing ventures has been Bill Baergen's account of the Ku Klux Klan in Central Alberta. To capitalize on this success...
Chinook Country Historical Society
Greetings from Chinook Country. We have had two entertaining programs to start off 2002. One was Louise Crane's presentation "Storytelling and the Fur Trade," on January 22. Her sister Heather dressed as an Aboriginal princess, introduced us to...
Duhamel Historical Society
On June 10, Verdun School was designated a Provincial Historic resource. This was the culmination of two years of restoration by the community with financial assistance from Provincial lotteries and Alberta Historic Resources. A tree was planted by...
Friends and Neighbourhoods
The 2002 Historical Society of Alberta Conference and Annual General Meeting Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2002 at the Days Inn West, 1818 16 Avenue NW, Calgary Alberta Conference Update: A hospitality suite will be available...
Lethbridge Historical Society
The year 2002 started off with a wonderful guest speaker by the name of Carol Jaques from Calgary. She spoke at our January meeting about the creation and demise of Unifarm, an Alberta based farm organization. She has written a book entitled Unifarm:...
Liquor Traffic in Calgary (in the 1890's)
In 1890, the sale of liquor was illegal in the West but many illicit saloons were springing up in Calgary. Violation of the prohibition law was a federal matter so local police closed their eyes to the traffic while the Mounted Police were too short-staffed...
New Calgary Park Steeped in Local History
Bill Peters once remarked "It was the windmill and not the gun that settled the west." Considering the necessity of water for the survival of pioneers and their stock, he is probably right. While the sight of the once common windmill is vanishing along...
Origins of Postal Service in Southern Alberta - Pt 2
In Part 1 we met Chief Postal Inspector Dewe, whose report to the Postmaster General in 1882 describes the state of things in the North West Territories as he found them(1). Before 1871 the Hudson's Bay Company had had its own mail service, the famous...
Preserving Our Built Heritage
The Society for the Protection of Architectural Resources in Edmonton (SPARE) was one of the first organizations in Edmonton dedicated to preserving the city's "living" architectural history.(1) SPARE sought to provide public awareness of Edmonton's...
President's Report
Much has happened, and much is happening, in our Society. The officers and the Council have had many matters of importance to the Society to consider. Some are still in study and discussion stages and so announcements will be made as decisions are...
Report on the Great Landslide at Frank (Alberta)
On 29 April, 1903, about four o'clock in the morning, 30 million cubic metres of rock began to move down the east face of Turtle Mountain towards the coal mining town of Frank in the Crowsnest Pass of southwestern Alberta. The displaced material moved...
Sailing the Medicine Line: A Nautical History of the North-West Boundary Commission (and Captain James Gregory)
In the beautiful late summer of 1874, it fell to Assistant Astronomer Captain James Gregory of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to draw the last few miles of the Medicine Line. Behind him stretched a string of earthen mounds and wooden posts, running...
Save St. Mary's Girls School
Calgary -- Tuesday, February 12, 2002 -- The Society for the Preservation and Restoration of St. Mary's School (1909) is shocked and dismayed at the announcement today by the Calgary Catholic School Board that it will tear down one of Calgary's few...
Short Note on Maskipiton
There is considerable literature on the life of the Cree chief Broken Arm or Maskipiton.(1) However, considering that there is disagreement among historians as to whether all the available literature concerns the same person, any bit of information...
Steinhauer Bothers: Education & Self-Reliance
In the summer of 1879 Egerton and Robert Steinhauer arrived in Cobourg, a town of nearly 5,000 people, immediately to the east of Toronto.(1) The two brothers, Egerton, twenty-one years old, and Robert, nineteen, came from White Fish Lake, a Cree farming...
Way It Used to Be
Born at the tail-end of the homesteading era, I missed out on a lot of hardships experienced by my parents and grandparents. However in my own life there were plenty of hard times I would rather not remember. But with the passing of time, the bad memories...