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Volunteer Profile: The Banu Family

Featured News, Volunteers

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 …

Meet our Volunteers: Claude & Annabelle

Volunteers

The Villeneuves were not new to life in a historic setting when they started volunteering at Fort Edmonton Park: in fact, one might argue that existing in the modern world would be a foreign experience for Claude and Annabelle. Our beloved francophone volunteers joined us in 2014, portraying Furtraders in our 1846 Fort after years of re-enacting and learning historic trades …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – James Keith Simpson Part 1

1846 Fort, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

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 …

Learning Cree for Fun and Profit

1846 Fort, 1885 Street, Featured News

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 …