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Genealogy At the Archives

Genealogy has always been an interest of mine and when I was asked to write a blog post about using the City of Edmonton Archives’ collection, I decided to research my maternal great-grandfather. Th...

The Importance of Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Planning

We recently had a minor disaster at the City of Edmonton Archives. Not a fires raging, flood waters rising kind of disaster, but a significant one nonetheless. Before I go further, I should say that o...

Prince of Wales Armouries: Celebrating 100 Years

If you’ve taken the Metro Line you may have wondered about the red brick castle-ish building next to the tracks, just south of Kingsway Ave. It’s the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre and ...

When the War came to K-Days

My name is Holly Peterson, and I am a third-year undergraduate History Major at the University of Calgary. I have been the City of Edmonton Archives’ clerical assistant with the Young Canada Works p...

New Archives Exhibit: The Flood of 1915

The City of Edmonton Archives just launched a new virtual exhibit marking the 100 anniversary of the largest flood in Edmonton’s recorded history.  At 6am on June 27, 1915 the North Saskatchewan Ri...

International Archives Day 2015

June 9th is International Archives Day! In previous years, the City of Edmonton Archives has marked the day by participating in activities like the twitter event #AskArchives day. This year, archives ...

Incline Railways – A Part of Edmonton’s History and Possible Future

My name is Kiera. I am a fifth-year student taking a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology and minor in History at MacEwan University. Over the winter semester of 2015, I took a History 49...

Born Digital Archives

There’s a new exhibit at the Prince of Wales Armouries! We’re featuring the work of photographer Chris Bruun, who has been donating negatives and born digital photographs to the City of Edmonton A...

Is History Actually Boring?

My name is Heather – and I am a hist-oholic: give me kooky stuff about the days gone by and I’ll devour it. So I was a little disheartened when I heard how history is presented in such a boring an...

Reed’s China and Gift Shop

Recently, I was searching the City of Edmonton Archives online catalogue for anything related to tea. I found many pictures of tea parties and was struck by the fancy cups and saucers. This led me to ...

Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Sadly, Edmonton’s indoor Santa parade has been cancelled this year. But, there is talk of moving it outdoors next year. I hope it does, it would be a great example of Edmontonians embracing the phil...

Chicken Bylaws – A Popular Research Question at the Archives

Lately, we’ve had several researchers at the City of Edmonton Archives asking about chickens. You never know what you’ll be dealing with from one day to the next at the Archives. People are intere...

Woodward’s Impact on Edmonton

Woodward’s was a Western Canadian retail giant and I think it’s fair to say that Edmonton was a key part of its success. The company certainly had a large impact on Edmonton; it was involved in th...

Town of Beverly Records

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Town of Beverly. Incorporated first as a hamlet in 1906, then a village in 1913, by 1914 Beverly sought incorporation as a town. Using 50th St. as its west...

The Edmonton Historical Board: Then and Now

The City of Edmonton Archives share office space with the Edmonton Historical Board (EHB) and they’ve been working on all sorts of interesting things lately so I decided it was a good time for a pos...

Remembering Edmonton’s Aviation History

The City Centre Airport closed on November 30, 2013.  As part of the City’s recognition of that site’s history, the City Archives was asked to build a “living” time capsule for display in Cit...

The Hudson’s Bay Company Owned Downtown Edmonton

Have you ever heard of the Hudson’s Bay Company Reserve? I knew it existed but I didn’t realize just how much of an impact it had on Edmonton’s development. Basically, the Hudson’s Bay Com...

Johnstone Walker Limited, “Edmonton’s Own Store”

With the departure of a couple of franchises and the arrival of new ones, the retail scene in Edmonton has been on my mind lately. I decided to look through the City of Edmonton Archives to see what I...

Winter Fun in Edmonton – Part II

This is the second part of my post looking at life in a winter city, inspired in part by our rotating exhibit of winter images and by the WinterCity Strategy. One of the ideas behind the Strategy is t...

Winter Fun in Edmonton – Part I

My last post covered the holiday theme of our rotating exhibit, Winter and Holiday Fun in Edmonton. Now, in a two part post, I’m going to look at the winter fun theme. I’ll also look at the new Wi...

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