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Volunteer Profile: The Banu Family

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Ronin and Silas Banu are having a pretty special summer: between teething on raw potatoes and learning to walk in the Fort Courtyard, these twin one-year-old volunteers are having adventures that other modern toddlers won’t have. Interestingly, historic children probably wouldn’t either! “Twins were very uncommon in the fur-trade,” says their Mom, Laura, “It was just as likely that a …

Managing Director Visitor Experience Fort Edmonton Park

Managing Director, Visitor Experience

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Managing Director, Visitor Experience Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Managing Director, Visitor Experience is a key player in the strategic planning and operational stewardship of Fort Edmonton Park. As a member of the senior management team, the position is the leader in creative idea generation as well as the promotion of our corporate culture, values, and practices to …

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 …

HISTORY WELL TOLD: Alice Harkness – by Tom Long

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I will always remember Alice Harkness. Granted, not as well as some of the costumed interpreters who preceded me or even as well as some of the many long-time visitors who took comfort around Alice’s campfire and fed themselves with her unparalleled fried bannock. I only worked with Alice briefly and towards the end of her long career. Alice was hired at …

Exploring Turtle Island

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By Keltie MacKenzie In light of the exciting announcement that Fort Edmonton Park will be receiving funding from the federal government, there has been a great deal of talk about one of the major aspects of this expansion, called the The Indigenous Peoples Experience (IPE). The IPE will aim to educate on Indigenous culture, treaties, and Indigenous history in the Edmonton …

Government of Canada Supports Expansion of Edmonton’s Historical Living Museum

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News release For immediate release March 3, 2017 Edmonton, Alberta | Infrastructure Canada Historical exhibitions embody the story of Canada, preserving the experiences of its people and places and inspiring visitors to explore and understand the world around them. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for cultural projects—play a key role in supporting dynamic …

Windmill at Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park Windmill: Winds of Change

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By Keltie MacKenzie Pictured above is a structure that many visitors to Fort Edmonton Park have seen, but understandably few can identify. Take a guess…what do you believe it is? A. John Rowand’s watchtower B. An old windmill C. Edmonton’s first weather centre D. Rapunzel’s Tower, which is all that remains of the failed attempt to create a fairy tale …

Happy Valentine’s Day from Fort Edmonton Park

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Our friends at the City of Edmonton Archives went into the vaults to help us celebrate the day of love in historic style. Check out these charming early twentieth century Valentine’s cards, to see how historic Edmontonians celebrated Valentine’s Day, from the sweet to slightly racy! Are their love stories in your family’s past? Maybe a scandal or two? Discover your own …

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Blogger-in-residence: Andy the Calf

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Sophie is not your average 11 year old little girl. You might recognize her from many of the Fort Edmonton Park advertisements she is featured around the city. She is our blogger-in-residence this summer and we couldn’t be more excited to show you her experiences at the Park. Sophie currently attends a local school Edmonton, Alberta. She loves to play …

Support the Fort at the Fort Edmonton Foundation Fall Gala

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The Fort Edmonton Foundation Fall Gala fundraiser will take place on September 10th, 2016 at the Blatchford Field Air Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park. Celebrate the era of the Roaring Twenties in style and help raise funds in support of Capital Campaign projects at Fort Edmonton Park, specifically the new Hotel Selkirk and Windsor/Albion Block expansion. This event will feature …

Blogger-in-residence: Sophie’s Animal Watch

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Sophie is not your average 11 year old little girl. You might recognize her from many of the Fort Edmonton Park advertisements she is featured around the city. She is our blogger-in-residence this summer and we couldn’t be more excited to show you her experiences at the Park. Sophie currently attends a local school Edmonton, Alberta. She loves to play …

Volunteer Spotlight: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the hand-carved 1920s Midway Carousel

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Fort Edmonton Park is pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beautifully hand-carved Carousel made possible through the hard work of our incredible volunteers. This June, we were proud to invite these volunteers and their families back to ride the carousel and celebrate their efforts. Jean Jackson was there from the start and still comes in faithfully on Wednesday …

Partner Spotlight: The Edmonton House Brigade

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Written by: Natalie Zacharewski A new sense of excitement has grown at Fort Edmonton Park now that we have welcomed the warm weather, green landscapes and visitors have began crowding our streets. Speaking of invitations, one of the many attractions is the encampment of our friends from the Edmonton House Brigade. The Edmonton House Brigade is a Living History re-enactment group. …