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History Check Mobile App Goes Live in Less than 1000 Days!

With little fanfare, no media coverage & tremendous support, what promises to be northern Alberta's biggest Heritage & Tourism project soft launched at the Prince of Wales Armouries & Heritage Centre on September 24th, 2017. "History is not always accessible to all Albertans" and "History Check ... is going to make it easier for everyday [...]

Scow Boats, Heavy Haulers on the Athabasca River, Alberta, Canada

Scow Boats, Heavy Haulers of the Athabasca River, Alberta, Canada Today I had the privilege of seeing off the Keepers of the Athabasca as they left Smith going to Athabasca on a canoe trip that thousands (if not more) have done before. This vignette tells of the endurance test the voyageurs went through. [...]

By | 2017-06-30T00:52:33+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Alberta History, Athabasca River, Canada, River Boats|0 Comments

Canada Day 150 – One Person’s Perspective By Sheila Willis

My Perspective ~ Canada Day 150 By Sheila Willis I have really struggled with the 150th Birthday of Canada.  Being a historian, the writings of the past are good examples of some of the subtle ways that Indigenous peoples have been disregarded and disrespected in the past - this aside from the residential [...]

Royal Hotel, Peace River Crossing, Alberta, Canada – Community Heritage

 Royal Hotel, Peace River Crossing, Alberta, Canada - Community Heritage Peace River, Alberta  - Royal Hotel, Peace River Crossing, Alberta, Canada - Community Heritage Date of Photo/Image:    Unknown date & location History Check App Alberta's Ultimate Heritage & Travel Companion App  Launching Summer 2017 If you can supply [...]

By | 2017-06-21T22:36:59+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Alberta History, Businesses, Community, Heritage|0 Comments

Opening of Desmarais Indian Residential School, Wabasca, Alberta, 1959 – Bigstone Cree Nation

Opening of Desmarais Indian Residential School, Wabasca, Alberta, 1959 - Bigstone Cree Nation Bigstone Cree Nation  - Opening of Desmarais Indian Residential School, Wabasca, Alberta, 1959 Date of Photo/Image:    December 8, 1959 History Check App Alberta's Ultimate Heritage & Travel Companion App  Launching Summer 2017 If you [...]

By | 2017-06-21T22:39:47+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Alberta History, First Nations, Indigenous|0 Comments

Saddle Lake First Nation Peoples Travel to Red Deer Indian Industrial School – Methodists – Circa 1900-1920

Saddle Lake First Nation Peoples, Parents & Children, Travel to Red Deer Indian Industrial School - Methodists - Circa 1900-1920 Saddle Lake First Nation Peoples - A group of students and parents from the Saddle Lake Reserve (Alberta), en route to the Methodist-operated Red Deer Indian Industrial School, Alberta, Date of Photo/Image:   [...]

By | 2017-06-21T22:42:55+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Alberta History, First Nations, Indigenous|0 Comments

Alberta Hutterites – Hanging Onto Their Identity For Centuries – 1964

Alberta Hutterites - Hanging Onto Their Identity For Centuries - 1964 1964 | 28 Minutes The followers of religious leader Jacob Hutter live in farm communities, devoutly holding to the rules their founder laid down four centuries ago. Through the kindness of a Hutterite colony in Alberta, this film, in black and white, [...]

Alberta Found Conch Shell Likely Prehistoric Trade From Caribbean Over 1000 Years Ago

Alberta Found Conch Shell Likely Prehistoric Trade From Caribbean Over 1000 Years Ago The most likely explanation for the RAM’s shell is prehistoric trade from the Caribbean to Alberta 1000 years ago. There are some artifacts found in Southwestern Manitoba, such as this shell gorget, made from a species of shellfish native to [...]

By | 2017-05-30T17:19:33+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Archaeology, Fossils, Heritage, Indigenous|0 Comments

Ruth and Harriet: Two Women Homesteading in the Peace River Region – 1973

1973 - Ruth and Harriet: Two Women Homesteading in the Peace River Region 1973 | 27 Minutes This short documentary profiles Ruth and Harriet, two women in their thirties who live in the Peace River area of northern Alberta. Strongly individualistic, Ruth and Harriet care for their families and homesteads in a manner [...]

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