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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

BOOK LAUNCH: Edmonton House Journals, 1821 to 1826

edmonton_house_journals_bookEdited with an Introduction and Commentaries by Ted Binnema and Gerhard J. Ens

In 2014, the historical community in Alberta and elsewhere was privileged to be presented with Edmonton House Journals, Correspondence, and Reports, 1806-1821.These were transcriptions of the daily journals kept by the chief traders at Fort Edmonton, and accompanying reports and correspondence. Collectively, they reveal a wealth of information about the nature of the fur trade, the engagement of the traders, the relations between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company, and, especially, aspects of the lives of the principal clients in the fur trade, the various First Nations who then occupied lands from as far away as Lesser Slave Lake to the Oldman River, east to the confluence of the Saskatchewan Rivers, and west to the Rocky Mountains. Now, the historical community is about to be presented with the continuation of these journals from 1821 to 1826. In addition, the volume includes the journal of the Bow River Expedition of 1822-23, a fascinating account of the new company's dealings with the Blackfoot and other First Nations in what is now southern Alberta, as it explored the prospect of establishing a permanent post in the area.

Undertaking to transcribe the journals and reports, and provide commentaries and an introduction, were two highly regarded scholars of the western Canadian fur trade, Ted Binnema from the University of Northern British Columbia and Gerhard Ens from the University of Alberta. In their Introductions to these volumes, these two scholars provide what is perhaps the most comprehensive overall history currently available of what is now south-central Alberta during the early part of the nineteenth century.


The Chinook Country Historical Society launch
Where: DANISH CANADIAN CLUB, 727 11 Ave, Calgary
When: Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 am

The Edmonton & District Historical Society launch
Where: Auditorium of the ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM, 12845-102 Ave., Edmonton
When: Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm

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)