The Chinook Country Historical Society is a chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta and therefore supports the vision and mission of the provincial society, preserving the past for the future. The Chinook Country Historical Society fulfils this function in terms of its commitment to ensure that “all people know, understand, appreciate, and enjoy Alberta’s rich and diverse historical past.” More specifically, our chapter focuses not only on the city of Calgary, but on the entire region extending from the Saskatchewan border to British Columbia and from Nanton to midway between Calgary and Red Deer. The first Historical Society of Calgary was founded in 1923, but had vanished by 1927. The current Chinook chapter was established in 1958 when the Historical Society of Alberta was reorganized and incorporated on May 7, 1993 as an independent society.
Each year from September to April, the Chinook Country Historical Society presents a series of historical lectures on a wide range of topics. These talks are routinely held at Fort Calgary on the 4th Tuesday of September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May, with the December meeting being combined with our annual Christmas Dinner. This Christmas event compliments our springtime Annual General Meeting, held on the 4th Tuesday in March. During the summer, members offer the public a variety of historical tours within the city of Calgary, a number of events known as Historic Calgary Week. Past events organized include talks on local history to schools and community groups, heritage walking tours, bus excursions for members and guests, cemetery walking tours given by members for the general public, and tours of heritage buildings under renovations for members only. All events will be posted on our Events page and at www.chinookcountry.org. To make Calgarians aware of the Society’s functions, a quarterly newsletter is published and widely circulated. In addition, the Society offers the Elise Corbet Scholarship each year to an outstanding history student at the University of Calgary. For more information on the Chinook Country chapter and our events, please visit www.chinookcountry.org
Board of Directors 2013 – 2014
|Past President||Shona Gourlay|