What We Do
Each year we showcase history of the Calgary region in monthly presentations from September through May and for 11 days during Historic Calgary Week in late July/early August. We present some 75 programs that explore the diverse culture and history of the region.
Although CCHS organizes and supports Historic Calgary Week, we work with many other local organizations that have an interest in history. Many of these organizations showcase their specific interest in history as part of our overall program. The vast majority of our programs are open to the public at no cost.
This has been a landmark year being the 25th anniversary of Historic Calgary Week. To mark this occasion, we have organized the most comprehensive program yet. In addition to some 60+ regular events, there are several special events including:
- Calgary Remembered – viewing a video of that examines the spirit that built Calgary and followed up with a panel presentation of the visions for the future;
- History Hunt – reviving a feature of the original Historic Calgary Week in 1991, participants will have the opportunity to discover hidden history nuggets throughout Calgary;
- Salute to the Stones of Signal Hill – Take A Pilgrim in this unique centennial commemoration of Sarcee Camp and learn about the sacrifices of our troops in WW I. Learn about the origin of the Stones;
- Children’s History Books – a two-volume history of the Calgary region focussing on the people and events that made Calgary what it is today. The books are being written for 8-12 year olds. The books will be distributed free of charge to elementary schools and libraries in the region;
- Historical Crossword Puzzle – the 25th anniversary giant crossword puzzle commemorating this silver anniversary is again part of HCW;
- The Historic Calgary Week Forever Fund – we have a established fund at the Calgary Foundation to provide a fiancial base for future HCW festivals.
Full members of Chinook Country receive the Historical Society of Alberta’s quarterly journal, Alberta History and quarterly newsletters, History Now. Readers have free access to the past 50 years of Alberta History via the University of Alberta’s Peel Collection. Browsing through this University of Alberta site will offer many articles and research tools for your resource needs.
Over 50 titles featuring Alberta’s rich past have been published or sponsored by the HSA’s Alberta Resources Publication Board (ARPB) or the HSA chapters.