Edmontonians in the Spotlight – Nellie Webb

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by Tom Long Nellie Webb was a prostitute who lived in Edmonton in the 1880s “ a time when prostitution was simultaneously widespread but unspoken. Her story gives us a fleeting glimpse into a red-lit world. We know little of the “bachelor’s wives” in Edmonton during this time. They led transient lives and practiced a profession that booster newspapers and …

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Look Who’s Forty – Fort Edmonton Park in the 1970s

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By Marla J. Daniels This year, Fort Edmonton Park celebrates its 40th anniversary. This summer, we’ll be talking and blogging about the Park’s history and its future. Did you catch the 00s, 90s, and 80s? Fourth stop: Fort Edmonton Park in the 1970s! Fort Edmonton Park grew out of the vision and efforts of a group of early pioneers who …

History Well Told: Garth Milvain

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In this, Fort Edmonton Park’s 40th anniversary, we find ourselves reflective. Join us for our History Well Told series and meet some dear departed interpreters of the past. I remember ˜Uncle Garth.’ For many years during the ˜90s and early ˜00s, the cowboy camp was a fixture on the east end of 1885 Street. The cowboys (Garth, Tom, Billy, Bob, Colleen) …

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History Well Told: Bill Smyth

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In this, Fort Edmonton Park’s 40th anniversary, we find ourselves reflective. Join us for our History Well Told series and meet some dear departed interpreters of the past. I remember Bill Smyth. I remember fondly how his eyes would crinkle when he smiled, which he invariably did while talking about 1885 Street’s Methodist Church and Raymer’s Jewellery, or while quietly disclaiming …

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History Well Told: George Stout

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In this Fort Edmonton Park’s 40th anniversary, we find ourselves reflective. Join us for our History Well Told series and meet some dear departed interpreters of the past. I remember George Stout. When I first arrived as a young interpreter, I was introduced  to a fine older gentleman who helped run the Bulletin Building on 1885 Street. George Stout, a journalist …

My Experience as a First Year Interpreter – By Andrea Rankin

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This was my first summer as a Costumed Historical Interpreter at Fort Edmonton Park. Born and raised in Edmonton, I started at the beginning of May wide-eyed and eager with no idea of what to expect. With a love of history and a background in the performing arts, I spent my summer learning and sharing with Edmontonians of all ages …

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 …

Trousseau tea – A Historic Tradition by Andrea Rankin

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The word ˜trousseau’ (trous·seau, n.) may refer to any of the following: a)    A dowry, A hope chest, glory box or its contents OR b)    The outfit of a bride, including the wedding dress or similar clothing OR c)    A name for the Bastardo grape in some regions For our purposes here at FortEdmontonPark however, we’re only referring to the …

1885 Street Heritage Skills – Lace Tatting – By Vanessa Sztym

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Tatting is one of the many forms of handmade lace that was popular in the Victorian period (1837-1901).  It is believed that tatting originated with sailors in the British navy. While onboard ship they would spend hours creating decorative pieces using a wide variety of knots. They would then give these pieces to their wives or sweethearts on shore. The …

Volunteer Profile – The Loewen Family

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If you came down to Christmas Reflections this past month, more than likely you were greeted by Wanda Loewen with a big smile and a hearty welcome, sat by the fire with her husband Dave, or learned to make a craft with their grand daughter, Emily. In fact, at almost every event last year, you would have had a chance …

Lovisa McDougall – December 27, 1879

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Welcome to the final letter in our 2012 ‘Letters from the Past’ series. Throughout the past year, we’ve posted the correspondence of Chief Factor John Rowand of the fur trade period, homesteader Lovisa McDougall, and Cree policeman and First World War heroAlex Decoteau. This series will continue in 2013, but we are pleased to celebrate Christmas with Lovisa’s misdelivered missive of yesteryule. In …