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The Fall 2014 newsletter is now available here.


Historic Calgary Week 2014 - July 25-August 4

Another Successful Historic Calgary Week

A huge thank you to all of our presenters and volunteers that made HCW 2014 a roaring success this year. And kudos to the more than 3,000 attendees at the 63 events. Planning for next year's festival, our 25th, will start soon.

The Currie Barracks tour generated requests for the maps & photos that were handed out. See this link for the material, provided by James Reid.

The Historic Calgary Crossword Puzzle received record response this year with many correct entries. Follow this link to see the solved puzzle.


The CCHS 2014-2015 events begin September 23, 2014. See the full program here. Following are details on the first three events. Please access the individual poster or the 2014-2015 full program for more information.


September event: Chief Justice of Alberta vs. the Canadian Army

September 23, 2014, 7:30 pm at Fort Calgary: Chief Justice of Alberta vs the Canadian Army. In a year that marks the centennial of Alberta's Court of Appeal and also the beginning of World War One, David Mittelstadt presents one of the most famous moments in the court's history, one that arose directly from that conflict. Against the backdrop of Canada's conscription crisis, a confrontation played out between Alberta's Court and the Canadian Army. Come hear of the many twists and turns in this riveting story.


October 18th event: Breaking the Silence: The British Home Children

October 18, 2014, 1:00 pm at Calgary Public Library, Central Library: Breaking the Silence: The British Home Children. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN PRESENTER: Karen Mahoney and Sandra Joyce bring the story of some 118,000 British Home Children that were sent to Canada between 1869 and 1939. Often these children worked as indentured farm workers and domestics. You shouldn't miss the stories of this important part of our history.


October 30th event: Banquet at Danish Canadian Club

October 30, 2014, 6:00 pm, Banquet at Danish Canadian Club (Tickets required). In partnership with the Monarchist League of Canada, CCHS is presenting For Empire and Nation: Alberta & The Great War by Dr. Pat Brennan. This presentation will focus on major developments in Alberta during the war years - in essence, on how Albertans experienced the Great War. Filled with a sense of duty to King and Empire, Albertans enthusiastically greeted war in the summer of 1914. Encountering the grim realities of the western front, the enthusiasm and the innocence underpinning it would ebb, but not the sense of duty. Learn how the war changed Alberta, a far different place by November 1918.


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 2014 through May 2015;

  • Sponsoring books and anthologies that highlight Calgary and Alberta's history

Members Present: This is a section on our web page that gives basic information about presentations on history or related topics of potential interest to you that are being made by some of our members that are not part of the regular CCHS programming.


Note a new addition to Members Present: Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners, (CALL) is a new, not for profit, member led group dedicated to organizing innovative, affordable learning opportunities for people 45 and over. Follow this link for more information.

Chinook Country Historical Society is a constituent part of the Historical Society of Alberta. Membership has its privileges. Membership in CCHS includes a membership in the Historical Society of Alberta, discounts at special events, the CCHS newsletter, History Now, the newsletter of the HSA that covers history across the province. The glossy magazine Alberta History is also available to members at a reduced subscription rate.

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 September 16, 2014.