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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. This year the HCW festival will be held from July 23 through August 3;

  • Sponsoring books and anthologies that highlight Calgary and Alberta history. Currently, CCHS is in the process of publishing a history book for children aged 8-12 years. The first volume of a two-volume series should be available by December 2015. The book will highlight the stories of the people that resided in and built our province.

The Summer 2015 newsletter is now available here.

Historic Calgary Week 2015

Break out the silverware - it's the 25th Anniversary edition of Historic Calgary Week! Come celebrate with us in this milestone year with 65 events, including several special one-time events. These special events include:
  • Calgary Remembered - a video looking back on the spirit of Calgary and a panel discussion where 3 panelists will present their visions of the future;
  • An anniversary History Hunt to discover some hidden history nuggets throughout the city;
  • Salute to the Stones of Signal Hill - a unique two-part historical event about Sarcee Camp, the sacrifices of our troops and the stones of Signal Hill;
  • 25th Anniversary Historical Crossword Puzzle. Also, two new initiatives have been undertaken to commemorate the 25th anniversary:
  • We have launched the Historic Calgary Week Forever Fund to provide a significant portion of the annual funding for HCW. See the link below to learn more about this worthwhile endeavor;
  • A children's history book is being developed with input from more than 20 volunteer authors. The first volume of the book will be available later this year.
Follow these links for more information on the Historic Calgary Week 2015 program: 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 June 1, 2015, $14,000 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

Last updated on July 23, 2015.