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One Volunteer Invests 10,000 Hours into Heritage & Tourism Mobile App

One Volunteer Invests 10,000 Hours into Heritage & Tourism Mobile App There is a movement afoot in northern Alberta - a mobile app that places sites of interest on a map and are found through "Community Menus", "Near Me" functions and by Keyword Search".  These Points of Interest or Site Listings cover everything [...]

Crossing the Tracks of Time

Crossing the Tracks of Time As I sit in my house, especially in the cold winter months, I can hear the train whistle blow at the Soda Flats Crossing about a half mile from my house. Sometimes it gets me to thinking about how that train is crossing the tracks of time. So [...]

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+00:00June 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 [...]

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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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, [...]

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