Building the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway


First Street Car in Edmonton, Alberta


Agricultural Colleges of Alberta


Victoria Day Celebration, Peace River


Alberta Provincial Police launching a patrol boat on the Peace River at Fort Vermilion


Fire Brigade at Civic Block, Edmonton

Mid 1940’s

Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta


Old City Hall, Calgary, Alberta


Red Deer, Alberta


Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta


View of Calgary, Alberta

1927 – 1938

Red Deer River Ferry


YMCA Calgary begins operating a library, public reading rooms and classes for young men and boys in the Maclean Block in downtown Calgary. Calgary's Population: 4,398, YMCA Calgary Members: 125


Camangay School, Lethbridge


Irene Cottage Hospital, Peace River, Alberta


Drive-in theater near Red Deer


Homesteading in Peace River Country, Alberta


Westminister School, Lethbridge, Alberta


Baby Clinic, Department of Health, Edmonton, Alberta


Queen's Avenue School, Edmonton, Alberta

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. - Pearl Buck

Who we are is reflected in the personal account of our Editor of ALBERTA HISTORY, Hugh Dempsey. Hear his story here:

Interview with Hugh Dempsey
Sacred Heart, Church of the First Peoples 10821 – 96 Street, Edmonton, AB

Sacred Heart, Church of the First Peoples
10821 – 96 Street, Edmonton, AB

AGM/Awards Luncheon 2015 – May 30, 2015 - CHURCH STREET GETAWAY The Annual General Meeting of The Historical Society of Alberta, and the Awards Luncheon, will take place in a historic church located on Church Street, Edmonton, on May 30, 2015. While we celebrate another exciting year for the H.S.A., we will be 'steeped' in history in this church which opened on December 25, 1913. It was, and is, a beautiful structure in French Gothic Revival style, spacious and lofty but with an atmosphere of warmth and light.

Following the AGM and Awards Luncheon, there will be a bus tour of the 13 historic churches in the neighbourhood.

Delegate Registration: 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Annual General Meeting: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Awards Luncheon: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Bus Tour: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
CLICK here for our 2015 AGM/Awards Luncheon Brochure

Alberta Mix Tape 2015: These are songs ABOUT Alberta, not necessarily by Albertans.

For you to enjoy while out doing Alberta history or just to enjoy, the Historical Society of Alberta has put together this list of songs. Who knows, as you listen to some great music, you may even learn more about the history and people of this phenomenal province.

Note: we have been able to find and listen to 200 or so of these songs through CDs and downloadable sources but some were never recorded and, indeed, may not have been sung or played in many years. Some of these songs are, today, simply sheet music to be found in archives and libraries across the province. Select this link to continue >> (PDF File)