FRHS Walks – FORHS Walking Tour App to explore fun, informative and interactive historical walking tours connecting Rutherford House to the surrounding community.
FORHS has the first Walking Tour up in the FRHS Walks App – and watch for future additions coming soon!
Get Started! — take a leisurely 30-minute walk through campus and learn about what was happening at the University of Alberta from 1908 to 1939.
Check the FRHS Walks App for updates, and stay tuned for more historical walking tours, which will explore the connections between Rutherford House, Alexander Rutherford and the City of Edmonton.
Download FRHS Walks App through Google Play or iTunes.
FRHS Walks App aims to shine light on the historical and cultural significance of some of Edmontons most well-known buildings.
Launched by Friends of Rutherford House Society, the FRHS Walks App will provide an interactive digital tour through Edmonton landmarks such as the University of Alberta campus, the river valley and the Alberta Legislature.
The app was created with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Edmonton Heritage Council.
It seemed like a good way to try and give people a chance to learn about the early days of the Alberta government, said Friends of Rutherford House Society director Jon Reay.
We try and make it fun and connected to things that people see every day people know theres a legislature there, but how much do they really know about it?
Rutherford House, the former abode of Albertas first premier, Alexander Rutherford, is the starting point of the first tour, which takes users on a walk around the main buildings of the original campus, such as the Tory Building, Athabasca Hall and Pembina Hall.
Were looking for ways to increase awareness of the house and Rutherford, and the importance to Edmonton more broadly, Reay said. So a walking tour is an actual physical connection that shows its not just a house he was really critical to starting and creating the university.
The establishment of the University of Alberta was a seminal point in Edmontons development, which is one reason why the society decided to use it for their first tour