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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.

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.

The Spring 2016 newsletter is now available here.

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 April 4, 2016.