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Changing Social Conditions, Occupations & Immigration

Dr. Jennifer Kelly

During this time, we begin to see a change in the demographics of the Alberta-based African-Canadian community as folks who came from the United States in the early 1900s begin to encounter people recently arrived from the United States, often as athletes, and those who were arriving in increasing numbers from the Caribbean.

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

Dr. Jennifer Kelly

Beginning in 1939, American A. Philip Randolph visited Canada to assist with organizing an International section of the U.S.-based Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP). The catalyst for this separate organization of workers was the racism that employees of African descent faced on the railway.

Emigration of Teachers from the Caribbean to Alberta, 1960s

Dr. Jennifer Kelly

Within the larger group of Caribbean immigrants there were a number of internationally educated teachers who came from different islands in order to fill the need for teachers in Alberta.

Louise Umphreville: Edmonton’s Forgotten First Lady

Tom Long

History is how we understand the past and that understanding is based on records made and kept by biased hands….

Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre: Architectural Masterpiece and Community Recreation Hub

Tracey L. Anderson

A Centennial Project  Coronation Park, in west central Edmonton, is a 35-hectare park named to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation. Although small compared…

Happy Memories of the Centennial Children’s Library

Amy Wong

As the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) Shelley Milner Children’s Library reopened in September 2020 to become a new beautiful space…

The Last Best West: Hattie’s Place, Part 3

Dr. Russell Cobb

Disclaimer: Please note that this piece references anti-Black violence, brutality, and white supremacy. A reference to a specific act of…

Early Market Gardens in Edmonton

Katherine Koller

Surrounded by rows of towering tomato, cucumber and pepper plants in a greenhouse near Edmonton, I marvelled at tapas from…

The Day Bill Coull Disappeared from the Airwaves

Terry Jorden

For David Ward, the memory of Bill Coull and his sudden departure from CKUA has left a strange taste in…

Bonnie Doon in the 1950s – Community Map

Bonnie Doon Community League

Explore how Bonnie Doon grew and developed from farm land to its current status as an urban, mature city neighbourhood….

Dr. Lila Fahlman: The First Muslim Woman Awarded the Order of Canada

Bruce Cinnamon

Lila Fahlman’s career as an activist began with a riot. It was Canada Day 1935, and the 11-year-old Lila was…

Gifting Indigenous Ward Names

Rob Houle

On December 7, 2020, following over a year of planning and work by the Edmonton Boundaries Commission, Edmonton City Council…