Edmontonians in the Spotlight: Katherine Hughes

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Women in Journalism Part II: Katherine Hughes By Keltie MacKenzie In continuation of our series of Women in Journalism, we move from Gertrude Balmer-Watt to her friend and colleague, Katherine Hughes. Hughes would go on to be a highly controversial figure in the politics of the British Empire, though she had rather humble beginnings. Born in P.E.I. in 1876, daughter …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight: Gertrude Balmer-Watt

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Women in Journalism Part 1: Gertrude Balmer-Watt By: Keltie MacKenzie At Fort Edmonton Park we need no prompting to explore some of Alberta’s famous historical women. Alberta has an impressive list of valiant women, perhaps most notably the “Famous Five” who were instrumental in the groundbreaking Persons Case and women’s rights in Canada. Edmonton can also lay claim to having …

Alex Decoteau – September 10th, 1917

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This is the last of our series of letters written by Alex Decoteau to his sister after he enlisted in the army. It provides us with insights into Alex’s nature, the experience of soldiers who fought in the Great War, and the level of participation in the war on the part of Edmontonians. It is a particularly poignant account, as …

Alex Decoteau – July 2, 1917

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We continue our series of letters which the celebrated Alex Decoteau wrote to his sister after enlisting with the Canadian Army. This third letter was written in the summer of 1917, roughly nine months after the last one. By this time Alex was in France with the 49th Battalion. France July 2nd, 1917 My Dear Sister, Just a few hundred …

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Look Who’s Forty – Fort Edmonton Park in the 1980s

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By Marla J. Daniels This year, Fort Edmonton Park celebrates its 40th anniversary. This summer, we will be talking and blogging about the Park’s history and its future. Third stop: Fort Edmonton Park in the 1980s! In the decade of the 1980s, Fort Edmonton Park added many new features and reached the international stage and screen. Four movies were filmed …

History Well Told: Bill Thompson

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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. This week’s remembrance comes from longtime park interpreter John Dolphin.  Fort Edmonton Park is mourning the passing of a great gentleman, at the end of April this year. William G. Thompson, simply Bill to us, …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – Morris ‘Two-Gun’ Cohen

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Welcome to our new feature, Edmontonians in the Spotlight, in which we turn our attention to one of the many historical luminaries to have made Edmonton their home. Today we look at a silver-tongued, gun-toting Edmontonian raconteur who rose to become a General in the Chinese Army! Morris Abraham “Two-Gun” Cohen (1887-1970) was born in England, the son of two …

Alex Decoteau – October 4, 1916

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Welcome back! We continue our series following one of Edmonton’s more famous sons, Cree running champion and policeman Alex Decoteau. It has been 3 months since his last letter. The warm relationship with his sibling makes for a letter that is a distinct pleasure to read! In the early years of the First World War, the Sarcee Camp, located in Calgary, …

Alex Decoteau – July 19, 1916

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Welcome back to our Letters from the Past series, in which we enliven the epigrams of Edmontonians! This month we bring you our first letter from Alex Decoteau, a First Nations man who was born on the Red Pheasant reserve near North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and moved to Edmonton as an adult. In his thirty years on the planet, short compared …

Wardrobe Profile – 1905 Teen Costumes

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Costume assistants Kristen Brooks, Nicole McCormick and Aileen Twa just finished these 1905 costumes for 13-15 year old girls. They each feature a “shirtwaist”, skirt, and pointed belt. Garments for children were, amazingly, typically of light colours – if they were constructed of cotton they could be boiled clean. The lines of children’s garments were reminiscent of their parents’, but …

Mattie Rutherford: Mother of Edmonton

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Mattie Rutherford, the wife of Alexander Cameron Rutherford, is vital to the history of Edmonton and Alberta, and to our narrative at Fort Edmonton Park. Mrs. Rutherford worked tirelessly to support both her husband’s career, and the interests of the new city of Edmonton (1904) and the new province of Alberta (1905). Luckily for her and for us, the advent of …

Newly Rehabilitated Rutherford House

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Newly Rehabilitated Rutherford House Edmonton Artifacts Centre and Fort Edmonton Park are proud to unveil the newly rehabilitated Rutherford House. June 25, 2012 – September 1st 1905 – Alberta became a province and A.C. Rutherford is the man whose vision put Edmonton on the map. His personal residence has recently undergone extensive renovations to improve upon the historical accuracy of this …

Early Automobiles in Edmonton

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Many know the first snowfall in Edmonton means a higher than average number of fender benders and traffic problems. Cold vehicles, scraping off windshields and sliding around on ice are well known evils of winter driving. However, there was a time when winter driving was even less comfortable for Edmontonians. In the Teens, both automobiles and horse-drawn vehicles were present …