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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 2016 through May 2017; check out the September program here: The Women's Suffrage Campaign in Alberta.

  • 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.

  • Publishing a quarterly newsletter. The Summer 2016 newsletter is now available here.

Historic Calgary Week 2016

Join us for Historic Calgary Week 2016 as we celebrate Learning Matters. This year we salute the contribution of several partners in learning, including SAIT, the University of Calgary and Calgary Public Library. Celebrate the rich history of Calgary and region at over 60 walks, talks, concerts, family events, museum and community visits. See the full brochure or the Week At A Glance to plan your participation in our 11 day history festival.

Download and print the Historic Calgary Week 2016 Historic Puzzle, including the grid, introduction and puzzle clues. Complete and mail in your solved puzzle postmarked by August, 4, 2016. Check out this year’s History Hunt and learn more about the schools in our city.

Topical Itineraries

This year we have grouped our events into itineraries of common interest. Thus if you prefer walking tours, all these events are listed in that category. See the various options and explore your areas of interest. See the full brochure for event details.

Date Night

  • Sunday, July 24: 7:00 pm - Roam around Riverside
  • Monday, July 25: 7:00 pm - A Walk Through Calgary Police History
  • Tuesday, July 26: 7:00 pm - Celebration of “In The Footsteps Of Giants”
  • Wednesday July 27: 7:00 pm - George Webber’s Calgary
  • Thursday July 28: 7:00 pm - CHA Lions Awards Gala
  • Friday, July 29: 7:00 pm - Lougheed House Garden Design Tour

Downtown Noon

  • Monday, July 25: 12:00 pm - Centre Street Bridge at 100
  • Tuesday, July 26: 12:00 pm - The Forgotten Fallen
  • Wednesday July 27: 12:00 pm - Meet Me At The Corner
  • Thursday, July 28: 12:00 pm - What’s Under Calgary?
  • Friday, July 29: 12:00 pm - Calgary’s Hawker Hurricane

Learning Matters

  • Saturday, July 23 1:00 pm - The Historic Bearspaw School Site
  • Sunday, July 24: 10:00 am - SAIT’s Heritage Hall on the Hill
  • Monday, July 25: 9:30 am - Schooldaze
  • Monday, July 25: 2:00 pm - A Topical Look at the University of Calgary’s History
  • Wednesday, July 27: 10:00 am - What Was Life Like?
  • Wednesday, July 27: 10:00 am - Behind the Scenes at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
  • Sunday, July 31: 1:00 pm - The Schools and Teachers of Morleyville

Road Trip

  • Saturday, July 23: 10:30 am - Saskatoon Farm Tour
  • Saturday, July 23: 1:00 pm - The Historic Bearspaw School Site
  • Saturday, July 23: 2:00 pm - Okotoks Cemetery Tour
  • Saturday, July 30: 11:00 am - The Highwood Cemetery Tour
  • Saturday, July 30: 2:00 pm - Okotoks Heritage Walking Tour
  • Sunday, July 31: 11:00 am - Historic Cochrane Ranche Site
  • Sunday, July 31: 1:00 pm – The Schools and Teachers of Morleyville

Walking Tour

  • Saturday July 23rd: 2:00 pm - Okotoks Cemetery Tour
  • Saturday July 23rd: 4:00 pm – History of the Bow Valley Ranche
  • Saturday July 23rd: 7:00 pm – Calgary’s Labour History Walk
  • Sunday July 24th: 7:00 pm – Roam Around Riverside
  • Monday July 25th: 9:00 am – Killarney Walking Tour
  • Monday July 25th: 7:00 pm – A Walk Through Calgary Police History
  • Tuesday July 26th: 9:30 am – Rosedale Historic Boulevards Walking Tour
  • Tuesday July 26th: 3:30 pm – Calgary’s First Library – A Walking Tour
  • Wednesday July 27th: 4:00 pm – Grand Trunk Walking Tour
  • Thursday July 28th: 9:00 am - Tuxedo Park Walking Tour
  • Friday July 29th: 10:00 am – Lives, Legacies and Legends of the Calgary Fire Brigade
  • Saturday July 30th: 11:00 am – Highwood Cemetery Tour
  • Saturday July 30th: 2:00 pm – Okotoks Heritage Walking Tour
  • Sunday July 31st: 10:30 am – Heritage Walking Tour of Hextall Homes

Art

  • Friday, July 22: 11:00 am - Calgary Allied Arts Foundation
  • Saturday, July 23: 11:30 am - Leighton Art Centre

Archaeology

  • Saturday, July 23: 9:00 am - Glenbow Town site Tour Pre-registration required
  • Thursday, July 28: 12:00 pm - What’s Under Calgary? Excavating Alberta’s Ancient History
  • Thursday, July 28: 2:00 pm - Calgary’s Lost and Found (And Lost) Fossil Mammoths

Parks and Gardens

  • Saturday, July 23: 10:30 am - Saskatoon Farm Tour
  • Saturday, July 23: 4:00 pm - History of Bow Valley Ranche, Fish Creek Provincial Park
  • Sunday, July 24: 1:00 pm - Edworthy Park History
  • Friday, July 29: 7:00 pm - Lougheed House Garden Design Tour

Agriculture

  • Sunday, July 24: 10:00 am - EP Ranch
  • Monday, August 1: 11:00 am - Chasing Rainbows: How Calgary Became the Realm’s “Horsiest” City

Music

  • Tuesday, July 26 2:00 pm - She Couldn’t Vote But She Could Dream
  • Friday, July 29: 2:00 pm - All the World’s Our Stage
  • Saturday, July 30: 2:00 pm - She Couldn’t Vote But She Could Dream
  • Monday, August 1: 2:00 pm - Calgary Songs, From the Hysterical to the Historical

First Nations

  • Friday, July 22: 2:00 pm - First Nations Delegations Travel to Central Canada, 1886
  • Sunday, July 31: 2:00 pm - Queen Victoria’s Son Becomes A Stoney Nakoda Chief

Military

  • Tuesday, July 26: 12:00 pm - The Forgotten Fallen
  • Friday, July 29: 12:00 pm - Calgary’s Hawker Hurricane
  • Saturday, July 30: 10:00 am - Cold War Exhibit Tour
  • Saturday, July 30: 11:00 am - Children’s Adventure Heroes During The First And Second World Wars

Collecting Family Histories

  • Friday, July 22: 1:00 pm - Bring Your Ancestors to Life Through Short Stories
  • Thursday, July 28: 10:00 am - Where Will All the Family Records Go? Succession Proofing Your Family History

Family Events

  • Monday, July 25: 9:30 am - Schooldaze
  • Monday, July 25: 7:00 pm - A Walk Through Calgary Police History
  • Tuesday, July 26: 2:00 pm - She Couldn’t Vote But She Could Dream
  • Tuesday, July 26: 7:00 pm -Celebration of “In The Footsteps Of Giants”
  • Wednesday, July 27: 10:00 am - What Was Life Like?
  • Thursday, July 28: 12:00 pm - What’s Under Calgary? Excavating Alberta’s Ancient History
  • Saturday, July 30: 11:00 am - Children’s Adventure Heroes During The First And Second World Wars
  • Saturday, July 30: 2:00 pm - She Couldn’t Vote But She Could Dream
  • Monday, August 1: 10:00 am - Heritage Day at Fort Calgary

Heritage Park and Cowtown Opera Present: "Opera in the Alley"

Looking for something special to do in Calgary this Heritage Day long weekend? Join us for a cabaret evening with Cowtown Opera. This magical event will include delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts alongside performances of Annie Davidson, along with Opera Gems in Heritage Park’s Gasoline Alley Museum.

July 31, 2016, at Heritage Park’s Gasoline Alley Museum.


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.

For more detail, please see the following:

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
E-mail: info@chinookcountry.org

Last updated on July 17, 2016.