Heritage

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...

Time to Celebrate Edmonton’s City Planners!

Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about urban planning. Even though it affects Edmontonians everyday, when done well, you don’t even notice the hard work that goes into planning. The best design,...

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...

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...

A Museum about Edmonton

I love to collect things when I travel and bring them home as reminders of the trip.  They help me tell stories about the things I saw and the experiences I had on vacation.  Some of those things di...

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...

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