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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...

A Little Bit of Christmas at the City of Edmonton Archives

The City of Edmonton Archives’ online catalogue has a rotating exhibit where we highlight our archival photographs, usually the top 200 requested images. We also put together themed exhibits and som...

The Edmonton Eskimo Scrapbooks

The City of Edmonton Archives acquired a 35-volume set of scrapbooks from the Edmonton Eskimos football team about 10 years ago. The photographs, team and player profiles, and newspaper clippings prov...

The question unasked and the unwritten answer – or why it’s not a good idea to send a dead rat through the mail

Alberta takes its rat free reputation seriously, as recently shown by the immediate action taken after the discovery of two rat colonies in southern Alberta. And no wonder, according to an Alberta Agr...

City of Edmonton Archives’ Virtual Exhibit on Ella May Walker

City of Edmonton archivists are launching our first edmonton.ca virtual exhibit on April 25, the first of many! We’re featuring Ella May Walker, a musician, artist, author and advocate for Edmonton...

From The Ashes

The Alberta Hotel, which was the height of modern when it opened on the northeast corner of Jasper Avenue and 98th Street in 1904, could easily have disappeared forever in 1977 when its then owner app...

The City Commissioners’ Papers

Do you remember what life was like before computers? That far away time when, if you wanted to communicate with someone you would call them, or more likely write them a letter? Though it may seem like...

Recognition of the Importance of Archives in Society

I’d like to share some exciting international archives news; I’ve got my archivist hat firmly on for this post! Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, bett...

A Little Bit About Photographs at the City of Edmonton Archives

It’s October, the happy month of fall colours, Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en! Since photographs are such an important part of my blog posts, I thought I’d go into a bit more detail about photograp...

Belmont School Newspaper: The Star – part III

This is my final post exploring the student newspapers created at the Belmont School in the 1890s. I’m continuing my exploration by looking at the School itself. Thanks to all of you who have follow...

Summer Fun in Edmonton (Part 2)

My summer fun post became a two-parter, so if you were looking for the dogs in my last post and could only find one it’s because one of them is in these photographs. I apologize for any confusion ca...

Summer Fun in Edmonton: A History of Outdoor Pools

The History Hunters summer daycamp is happening at the Archives this week and it has me thinking about what kids do in Edmonton in the summer and what it’s like to grow up here (I’m also partially...

Royalty Exhibits at the City of Edmonton Archives

Since everyone is talking about the royal tour, I thought I would too. The City of Edmonton Archives has put together a couple of exhibits in honour of the first visit of state of newlyweds William an...

#AskArchivists Day – Success!

On behalf of the City of Edmonton Archives, thank you to everyone who participated in #AskArchivists Day on June 9th! Globally there were 7,476 tweets and 1,698 twitterers for #AskArchivists Day, full...

Today is #AskArchivists Day at the City of Edmonton Archives!

I hope you’ve got your texting and/or typing fingers ready! Archivists at the City of Edmonton Archives are all set to answer your questions today until 4pm. Do you have questions on how to care for...

#AskArchivists Day in the City of Edmonton – June 9,2011

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the City of Edmonton Archives? Or even what an archives is? Have you ever seen a neat old building and wanted to learn more about it? Or wondered why City planne...

Belmont School Newspaper: The Star – part II (B)

Welcome to the second part of my post on the people behind the Belmont School newspapers. If you want some background on the newspapers see my first post in the series. DISCLAIMER: As I noted in my la...

Belmont School Newspaper: The Star-part II (A)

In my last post I introduced the Belmont School newspaper, the Star; today I’m looking at some of the people who wrote it. I was able to find a fair amount, actually this was going to be a single po...

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