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Peter Erasmus & Storytelling

Tom Long

There’s something about a good story and a good storyteller. Stories and facts aren’t exclusive, thank goodness. We all connect…

NeWest Press: A Regional Publishing Pioneer

Tracey L. Anderson

NeWest Press may no longer be new—it will soon commemorate its 40th anniversary—but when it began in 1977, it was…

Beatrice Carmichael – The Grand Dame of Edmonton Opera

Peggy Donnelly

Known to her students and close friends as Auntie Van, Beatrice Carmichael was a classically trained musician from Chicago, who…

Metis Matriarch – Thelma Chalifoux

Jenna Chalifoux

Our mothers are more than just a physical person, just as our houses are more than just a structure to…

Mind the Gap – Working Women in Edmonton’s history

Natalie Zacharewski

In the book Women: Her Character, Culture and Calling published in 1890 the author writes; Woman the half of humanity, and…

Jemmy Jock Bird: Interpreter with an Independent Spirit

Lauren Markewicz

James Bird Jr. (1798-1892), also known as “Jemmy Jock Bird,” “Jimmy Joke Bird”, “Jamey Jock Bird,” and many variations in…

Nick Mischi: Dulcimer Master

Lawrence Herzog

Necolai “Nick” Mischi was eight years old in 1915 when he fell in love for the first time. It happened…

Betty Stanhope-Cole and the mystery of the missing plaque

Brendan Thompson

Just east of the Capilano Bridge, there is a small park overlooking the Highlands Golf Club. It has a view…

A Place for Women: The Wauneita Society at the University of Alberta

Sally Scott

In 1908, Alberta premier Alexander Rutherford’s dream came to fruition. The University of Alberta was formed in Strathcona, and class…

The Prins Family and the Dutch in Beverly

Lawrence Herzog

Jacob and Aafje Prins helped more than 800 Dutch newcomers settle in Canada and the hospitality of their big white…

Frank Oliver and Infantile Edmonton

Rob Houle

Traversing across the North Saskatchewan River on the Groat Road Bridge and climbing the Valley Road has little significance other…

Canada’s Mr. Polka – Gaby Haas

Lawrence Herzog

Gaby Haas oom-pah-pahed his way through nearly a half-century of Edmonton’s musical soundtrack. He was a musician, radio and television…