Have you visited the Motordrome, current home to the Park’s restored 1920 Harley-Davidson?

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Harley-Davidson Company dates back to 1903, and grew to be one of the leading producers of American motorcycles alongside competing brands like Indian and Excelsior. Motorcycles, like this 1920 Harley Model 20F, appeared on the automotive scene in Edmonton, likely after the arrival of Edmonton’s very first motorcar in 1904. Side History of the Sidecar: When it came to that moment one had …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight: Roberta MacAdams Part One

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Part 1: Her Signal Honour By Suzanna Wagner Among Edmonton’s many remarkable citizens is Roberta MacAdams (1880-1959). In a forward-thinking city that often forgets to look back, Roberta MacAdams is a shining exemplar of the tremendous contributions Edmontonians have made to Alberta and to the greater world, and so it is fitting that on October 20, 2016, the Edmonton Public …

Final Flight of the Red Baron

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With our “Moving through Time” weekend fast approaching, Fort Edmonton Park would like to recognize one of the city’s most famous war heroes: Wilfrid “Wop” May. We’ve talked about May before, but there’s so much to talk about! Born on March 20th 1896 in Carberry, Manitoba, his family relocated to Edmonton in 1902. When the First World War struck, he …

Remember the Sisters

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Today we pause to mark the anniversary of the end of the Great War, thank those who have fought for our country, and remember those who were involved in the war in some way or another, from the soldiers and nurses on the battlefield to the farmers and factory workers. This article features the role of Canadian nurses during the …

Look Who’s Forty! – Part 1

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This year Fort Edmonton Park celebrates its 40th anniversary. While the park started construction in the late 1960s, the first official opening of the Park was in 1974. This summer, we’ll be talking and blogging about the park’s history and its future. First stop: 1920 Street! While you wouldn’t expect the past to change (isn’t that the point?), heritage enthusiasts …

Maskwacis/Hobbema in the news, 99 years ago!

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Congratulations to the community of Maskwacis, formerly Hobbema, on returning to its traditional name! The “Bears Hills” (in Cree maskwacis) reserves, being so close, were often in the Edmonton news and shared a close relationship with the community their grandfathers might call amiskwaciy-wà¢skahikan (The Beaver Hills House/Edmonton). Nine-nine years ago on January 7, 1915, this article made the headlines of the Edmonton Bulletin: …

Bush Pilots & Barnstormers – Wilfrid ‘Wop’ May

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With the closing of the Municipal Airport, Fort Edmonton Park joins our colleagues in commemorating the history of early Edmonton aviation – in particular the individual stories of men and women who navigated that heavenly aether as Bush Pilots and Barnstormers!  We close out our series with the ‘granddaddy of them all,’ a man with so many epic yarns to …

Bush Pilots & Barnstormers – Freddie McCall

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With the closing of the Municipal Airport, Fort Edmonton Park joins our colleagues in commemorating the history of early Edmonton aviation – in particular the individual stories of men and women who navigated that heavenly aether as Bush Pilots and Barnstormers!  Frederick McCall was born in British Columbia, but moved to Calgary when he was ten. That’s right…we have broken …

Bush Pilots & Barnstormers – ‘Punch’ Dickins

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With the closing of the Municipal Airport, Fort Edmonton Park joins our colleagues in commemorating the history of early Edmonton aviation – in particular the individual stories of men and women who navigated that heavenly aether as Bush Pilots and Barnstormers!  Clenneth Haggleston Dickins was born in Manitoba and moved to Edmonton at the age of ten, where he would …

Bush Pilots and Barnstormers – Katherine Stinson

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With the closing of the Municipal Airport, Fort Edmonton Park joins our colleagues in commemorating the history of early Edmonton aviation – in particular the individual stories of men and women who navigated that heavenly aether as Bush Pilots and Barnstormers!  One of the first aviators Edmontonians encountered was, in fact, an aviatrix. Katherine Stinson visited Edmonton while many of …

The Return to Edmonton, 1919

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“The only worthwhile road is that which leads to Jasper Ave.” THE RETURN TO EDMONTON, 1919 On the news of the Armistice, November 11th 1918, Edmonton “ then in the throes of Spanish Flu already “ threw caution to the wind and its citizens celebrated with flu masks on. Factory whistles, bells and the fire department’s sirens sounded the news, …

Wearing the Uniform, Part 2

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  Lance-Corporal Eli Powell, Co’y B of the 49th, here to answer your questions!  1. WHAT ARE THOSE? (Collar dogs)  These are my collar dogs. They usually indicate what regiment I belong to. I still have mine from when I joined up, for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. I don’t imagine the army will get around to sending me new ones …

Wearing the Uniform, Part 1

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With Remembrance Day fast approaching, our staff were “ as usual “ in a remembering mood. Thinking about Fort Edmonton Park’s efforts to preserve Edmonton’s memories of the First World War, it was a few moments before we realized that this year is the 5th anniversary of dedicated, costumed interpretation of the RETURNED SOLDIER at Fort Edmonton Park! In honour …

Spotlight: Shirley Kingslow Oliver, Pt. 2

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Shirley Kingslow Oliver Part Two By Andrew Switzer Welcome back to our look at the life of one of Edmonton’s jazz importers! If you’re just joining us now, the first part can be found here. “Wade in the Water“ – Church Life Another fascinating figure who ties into Shirley Oliver’s story is Reverend George W. Slater Jr.  Information on Slater’s background …