York Boats: Old & New

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O the woeful indignities of old age! Our venerable York Boat, often referred to as ˜Methuselah’ these past few years, is approaching the end of its twenties and looking every minute of it. Most historical York Boats were built to last a year – perhaps two – but no more. It is with respect to the old girl, as well …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – James Keith Simpson Part 1

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Was there a time when you saw true leadership? Was there a time you showed it? James Keith Simpson was his own man. There are many stories we could tell about him but there are just as many stories we can’t tell. We don’t know how he met his wife, or how he came to become a stepfather to her …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – James Keith Simpson, Part 2

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Welcome back to our Spotlight Blog Series, where we shine on little-known Edmontonians, such as James Keith Simpson. In our last installment, James was brought up within the Hudson’s Bay Company power structure. This was a time when one of the largest companies held a waning trade monopoly over most of what is now the world’s second largest country and beyond. …

Volunteer Profile: Marcel Tremblay

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What did the beaver say to the tree? “Nice gnawing you!” Those groans and giggles you are now experiencing might be familiar if you have had the pleasure of getting to know longtime Francophone volunteer, Marcel Tremblay. Known for his wit, personable charm and of course his use of puns, Marcel is one of Fort Edmonton Park’s longtime personalities. Marcel …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – J.E. Brazeau, pt. 2

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Welcome back to our Spotlight on a denizen of Edmonton (and Rocky Mountain House, and St. Albert!) whose name is known to many but whose story is known to few. It is a story of legacy and of connections “ to outsiders, to Aboriginals, and to family. Last time, we looked at the genial American-born fur trader Joseph Edward Brazeau’s …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – J.E. Brazeau, Pt 1.

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If you’ve ever driven through west central Alberta, you’ve probably been to Brazeau County. Last time I passed through, I wondered aloud about this eccentric fur trader who had so many things named after him. Thus this week’s addition to our Spotlight series! Our question: what makes a man remembered? Our period: the mid-19th century, when fur traders in Aboriginal …

How to Clean a Bison Skull

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Warning: this blog post contains graphic images of animal processing.  This past season, a few of our interpreters got to try their hand at a rather unique historical experience “ cleaning a bison skull! In 1846 there were millions of Bison roaming the Canadian prairies, and they were a staple food for aboriginals and fur traders alike. At Fort Edmonton, …

Learning Cree for Fun and Profit

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As a quick follow-up to our last blog post congratulating the community of Maskwacis for returning to their traditional name, we thought it might be fun to list a few other Cree words and places you might find them around Edmonton. The Cree are the largest Aboriginal group in Canada, today inhabiting traditional territory that stretches from northern Quebec to …

Name That Object

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We asked our Facebook friends to identify the object above. Do you know what it is? Public Interpretation Coordinator Tom Long fills us in… This simple ornament is a cloak pin or brooch. It can be used to hold a shawl or blanket closed around the shoulders of a woman in place of a coat. This brooch is made of iron (and …

Volunteer Profile – Evert Poor

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After twelve years volunteering at Fort Edmonton Park, interpreting still hasn’t lost its spark for Evert Poor. He originally got involved as a means to connect with his children and together give back to the community. Although they were too busy to join him, Evert none-the-less took up the cause and began volunteering in Visitor Services. He loved the opportunity …