All posts by: Elizabeth Walker

City Archives Launches New Website

The City of Edmonton Archives has a new website! Our new website is an online catalogue, a powerful search engine to help people find material available in the Archives’ collection. The catalogue ha...

From Skates to Soap Boxes: Fun on Edmonton’s River Valley Slopes

On March 9 & 10 Edmonton is host to the Red Bull Crashed Ice season finale. Skaters will race on a track starting on Jasper Valley and winding down the River Valley through Louise McKinney Riverfr...

Remembrance Day 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot about commemoration lately, especially in the light of recent discussions on appropriate people/subjects for names of buildings and organizations, for plaques and for statue...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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

Right now we have a fun exhibit up called Holiday and Winter Fun in Edmonton. I thought I’d put a post together with some of my favourite Christmas images from the exhibit and then highlight some ot...

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...

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