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The objective of the Chinook Country Historical Society is "to promote a greater understanding of Canadian and Alberta history in Chinook Country for people of all ages." CCHS, in part, promotes its objectives through:

  • A Monthly Program of presentations of historical interest from September 2015 through May 2016;

  • The annual Historic Calgary Week, 11 days of walks, talks and tours celebrating the history of Calgary and region. The HCW festival is held late July-early August each year;

  • Sponsoring books and anthologies that highlight Calgary and Alberta history. CCHS has just published the first volume of a two-volume history book for children aged 8-12 years. See the poster below for details. The book highlights the stories of the people that resided in and built our province. The second volume is planned for late 2016.

January event: Roland Gissing - The People's Painter

Roland Gissing was Alberta’s most famous artist by the time he died at age 72. He was truly an artist who was an ambassador for the land he painted and much of the world came to appreciate the foothills and mountains because of him. Come hear his granddaughter, Kori Gregory, tell us the story of his remarkable life.

7:30 pm, January 26, 2016, at Fort Calgary.

February event: "Paying It Backwards: The John Ware Story"

Author Cheryl Foggo shares her research on the legendary cowboy and rancher, John Ware, and the impact he has had on her own life in Alberta. 7:30 pm, February 23, 2016 at Fort Calgary.

March event: "CCHS AGM and Dinner"

John Hart, son of veteran Geoffrey Hart of the First Service Special Force, has followed his father’s footsteps through Italy, France and Norway. John will speak on the history and the legacy of this highly decorated American - Canadian unit.

The Winter 2015 newsletter is now available here.

Historic Calgary Week 2015 Wrap-up

Thanks to all that attended Historic Calgary Week 2015. Attendance, at 4239, was the largest yet. Also a big thank you to all our volunteers; some 135 volunteers worked to bring HCW 2015 to fruition. Our many partners organized many of the presentations. The support of our sponsors, the Calgary Foundation, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, the City of Calgary and Veterans Affairs Canada was crucial in bringing HCW 2015 to you. See a full report on HCW 2015 in our Fall Newsletter.

Here are a few pictures from three events at HCW 2015. Thanks to Jessica Zutz, Roberta Ryckman and Walt DeBoni.

The one event from HCW 2015 - The Cliff Bungalow-Mission book launch - that was cancelled is now going ahead on September 19, 3 to 6 pm at the Cliff Bungalow Community Centre.

We are leaving the Crossword Puzzle and the History Hunt on the website for a period of time. If you haven't had an opportunity to undertake these challenges, we encourage you to do so. The contest period has expired, however.

We thank our sponsors, Calgary Foundation, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, The City of Calgary and Veterans Affairs Canada for making possible this 25th Anniversary celebration of our history. The assistance of our supporters, The Calgary Herald, Glenbow, The King's Own Calgary Regiment and Calgary Public Library was invaluable in organizing and promoting Historic Calgary Week.

Historic Calgary Week Forever Fund

Belinda Crowson, President of HSA, presenting a cheque for $3,000 to Donna Zwicker, President of CCHS. This is the Historical Society of Alberta contribution to the Historic Calgary Week Forever Fund.
Chinook Country Historical Society has put into place a financial plan that will pave the way for Historic Calgary Week to continue into the foreseeable future. The Historic Calgary Week Forever Fund, a fund administered by the Calgary Foundation, will provide a significant portion of the annual funding required for HCW.

To December 1, 2015, over $25,000 has been raised towards an objective of $50,000. Please consider donating to this worthwhile endeavour.

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Organized in 1958 and incorporated in 1993, the Chinook Country Historical Society (CCHS) covers the region from Olds to Nanton and from the BC border to the Saskatchewan border. Each year from September to May, CCHS presents an exciting monthly series of historical lectures and special events. In addition, the Society's Historic Calgary Week celebrates the city's past with more than 60 walks, talks, and tours of many points of interest for 11 days beginning in late July. All CCHS programs are open to the general public and are free of charge excepting special events in December and March. CCHS is a chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta. Our sister chapters are: Edmonton, Central, Lethbridge and Peace Country. More information about the Historical Society can be found on its website.

The Original Act, governing the Historical Society of Alberta was passed in 1907 by the Alberta Legislature. (Revised June 2, 1972). The Act says in part: "The object of the Society shall be to encourage the study of the history of Alberta and Canada, to rescue from oblivion the memories of the original inhabitants, the early missionaries, fur traders, explorers, and settlers of the north and west of Canada, to obtain and preserve narratives in print, manuscript or otherwise of their travels, adventures, labour and observations, to secure and preserve objects generally illustrative of the civil, religious, literary and natural history of the country."

CCHS publishes a quarterly newsletter for our members. The latest newsletter can be viewed online and past issues back to September 2004 are in the Archives.

Chinook Country Historical Society cooperates with several other organizations with an interest in History. Support these Organizations in their efforts.

Contact Information:
Chinook Country Historical Society
Suite 311, 223 - 12 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G9
Ph: 403-261-4667

Last updated on December 13, 2015.