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History of the Edmonton Branch of the Canadian Handicrafts Guild, 1911-1966

Brandi Goddard

Craftwork, as a hobby, has seen a resurgence of popularity recently. Knitting for example, has become a social act with…

Architect Doris Tanner: What did she do? Work and life in fine balance

Cheryl Mahaffy

It’s 2003, early in the new millennium but regrettably late in the story I’m aiming to tell. Doris Tanner died…

The Other Side of Emily Murphy

Terry Jorden

Shortly after entering Emily Murphy Park, which sits on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River between Groat Bridge and…

Alice Mailhot Ross: Canada’s first female architect?

Cheryl Mahaffy

Growing up, Alice Mailhot set her sights on being an engineer like her father. Perhaps Zepherin Mailhot’s life in frontier…

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…

Nellie Carlson and the Indian Rights for Indian Women movement

Bruce Cinnamon

Disclaimer: Due to the importance around the legal designation of Indian status, this article sometimes uses the term “Indian” to…

Armistice 1918

Adriana A. Davies

When war was declared on August 4, 1914, men from the Edmonton region rushed to join up. Edmonton had two…

The Weather Woman of the West: Eda Owen and the Highlands Dominion Meteorological Station

Bruce Cinnamon

Edmonton’s history is full of remarkable women. From Beatrice Carmichael to Thelma Chalifoux, from Betty Stanhope-Cole to Felicia Graham, from…

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…

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…