The Program for 2007-2008

SEPTEMBER 2007

Monday, September 24th 7:30pm
Free Program
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

Documenting Social Revolution - The Life and Writings of Emily Spencer Kerby
Anne White

Come and hear Dr. Anne White, Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, talk about Emily Spencer Kerby, a famous social activist who lived in Calgary from 1903 until her death in 1938. Excerpts from "A New Day for Women" will be presented to illustrate her commitment to social justice, her fight for equality, and her pride in being a Western Canadian woman.

OCTOBER 2007

Tuesday, October 16th 7:30pm
Free Program
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

Honoré Jaxon - Prairie Visionary
Don Smith

Long-time member of Chinook, Don Smith of the Department of History at the University of Calgary, will speak on the over three decade-long research journey behind his new biography of Will Jackson, or Honoré Jaxon, Louis Riel's idealistic secretary in 1884/85, and later a labour leader in Chicago. He will emphasize Jaxon's visit to Calgary in the spring of 1909.

NOVEMBER 2007

Tuesday, November 27th 7:30pm
Free Program
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

Bowness: Our Village In the Valley
Carole Carpenter

This history of the important Calgary community of Bowness will cover the period from late-1800's to 1964, when Bowness was annexed by the City of Calgary. Intriguing highlights will include Bowness Park, the Central Alberta TB Sanatorium, Bowness Golf and Country Club and the Streetcar.

DECEMBER 2007

Tuesday, December 4th
Tickets Required
Dining Room
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

CCHS Annual Christmas Dinner

Cocktails: 6:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm

Guest Speaker and further details to be announced.

JANUARY 2008

Tuesday, January 22nd 7:30pm
Free Program
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

R. B. Bennett - From Friend of Labour to Capitalist Prime Minister
Shannon Murray/Robyn Gifford

Despite Calgary's conservative reputation, in the city's early years it was a hotbed for the progressive movement as well as labour and farm organizations, leading to a carpenters' strike in 1902 and the formation of the socialist CCF in 1932.

The career of R.B. Bennett spans both events. In 1902 as a Calgary lawyer, after five years in the city, he represented the carpenters' union in a city-wide labour strike. Upon becoming Prime Minister in 1930, however, he worked against progressive elements throughout the West.

This presentation by two graduate students at the University of Calgary will cover both aspects of R.B. Bennett's broad and varied political career.

FEBRUARY 2008

Tuesday, February 26th 7:30pm
Free Program
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

The Bow - Living With A River
Gerald Conaty, Daryl Betenia

The Bow River has been an important feature in Calgary's development as one of the two main rivers in the city's topography.

This talk by two senior members of the Glenbow Museum staff will outline how the Bow River has been greatly changed over the past century by human intervention. Follow the river's history in a tour that takes us from its headwaters to the confluence with the Oldman River.

MARCH 2008

Tuesday, March 25th 6:00pm
Tickets Required
Danish Canadian Club
727 - 11th Avenue S.W.

CCHS Annual General Meeting
AGM: 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm

Booms and Busts in the Alberta Oilpatch
David Finch

Almost every decade for the last century Alberta has experienced the excitement of discovery and the agony of a crash in the oil and gas sector. The more closely our oil patch links itself to the international market the more we are vulnerable to its regular market fluctuations and political machinations of multinational petroleum giants and superpowers.

Join well-known author David Finch as he leads us through "Booms and Busts in the Alberta Oilpatch".

APRIL 2008

Tuesday, April 22nd 7:30pm
Free Program
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

The Westward March of the Northwest Mounted Police
Jack Dunn

Come and visit with us and long-time CCHS member Jack Dunn as he presents a slide presentation of the 1874 march of the NWMP across the vast Canadian Prairies.

MAY 2008

Tuesday, May 20th 7:30pm
Free Program
Fort Calgary Historic Park
750 9th Avenue S.E.

Calgary's Story - A Planner's Perspective
Richard Parker

Want to understand how Calgary got to be the way it is? Come and join us for a look at some of the key decisions, and events that have influenced the growth of Calgary from 1875 until today, from the viewpoint of a city planner.


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