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Womonspace: Creating Space for Edmonton’s Lesbian Community in the 1980s

Josephine Boxwell

Womonspace was a social and recreational group for lesbians founded in 1981. Part of Edmonton’s LGBTQ landscape for over thirty…

Beverly Cenotaph

Lawrence Herzog

Less than two years after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the first…

Signs of Another Time

Lawrence Herzog

Drive around the heart of Edmonton and you’ll see them. Worn by time, pounded by the elements but still clinging…

Edmonton and Its Pedway: A Love-Hate Relationship for the Ages

Sally Scott

The early twentieth century was a period of rapid urbanisation, with folks flooding into urban centres, including Edmonton, from the…

Edmonton: A World Class Dump, Part Two – Feel the Burn: Edmonton’s Curious Love Affair with Incinerators

Dr. Russell Cobb

Perhaps the desire to burn our waste comes from a primeval desire to cover our tracks. And our smells. Incineration…

The Legislature Maces

Bruce Cinnamon

In its simplest terms, the mace represents the authority of Her Majesty the Queen to create law and to rule…

Shapeshifting: The Men’s Faculty Club, the Faculty Women’s Club, and Gender at the University of Alberta

Sally Scott

As the century continued, Edmonton entered a heyday of its own, including the opening of the University of Alberta in…

Edmonton’s Short-lived “Charity Meters”

Bryan Birtles

On April 30, 2001, Mayor Bill Smith smiled for the collected throng of reporters and photographers and dropped the first…

Sikh Community’s ‘Seva Truck’ Tackles Food Insecurity & Poverty Through Heritage

Amrita Gill

Jessy Nerval, 19 at the time, sat in the family room with his Father after dinner. They were discussing business….

New Life for Old Wood

Lawrence Herzog

The floor in Jesse Watson’s Calder bungalow is stamped with words like “wheat” and “barley,” clues to a fascinating past….

From There to Here: Reflections and Storytelling

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Monday, July 27 was warm, as you’d expect on a summer day in Edmonton. In the open space of the…

These Bricks are Real Clinkers

Lawrence Herzog

Kilns used to produce bricks in the early 20th century didn’t have the ability to heat evenly, and those placed…