Historic Calgary Week 2008

From July 25 to August 3, 2008, join Chinook Country Historical Society as they present their premier program, the 18th annual Historic Calgary Week.

With the theme this year, Explore & Celebrate Our Roots, we take a look back at the people who helped establish Calgary and the natural and agricultural base we grew from. For these ten days each summer, history enthusiasts gather to celebrate some of Calgary’s oldest and most unique stories and treasures. Historic Calgary Week offers over 50 events during the ten-day celebration ranging from community walks and heritage building tours to personal accounts of early Calgary and a gigantic Calgary Herald crossword puzzle contest based on Calgary’s history. Events are open to everyone and are free of charge, with a few exceptions.

According to Gary Ellis, Chair of this years HCW:

Each year attendance grows for our events. We are excited to share Calgary’s history with those who have lived here for many years and with people who have recently established roots here. It’s an opportunity for Calgarians and visitors to hear the stories of the people that built the city, enriched peoples’ lives through the arts and preserved the open spaces for all to enjoy.

McHugh Bluff, Victoria Crossing, Crescent Heights, Cliff Bungalow, and the Elbow River are but a few of the walking tours highlighting some of the early communities and natural resources of Calgary. This year you will also have the opportunity to take a “jaunt” in your automobile to experience the historic past of the Cochrane / Morley area.

Weekday lunch hours at Central United Church, located on the corner of 1st Street and 7th Avenue SW, will feature guest speakers from both in and around Calgary. Visit Banff and Chestermere without leaving the downtown core or simply come and learn new and interesting facts about our beloved city over lunch.

The week wraps up at Fort Calgary with a variety of closing day activities. Come enjoy a tour of the Fort and view a vintage movie at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers where Calgary’s roots first took hold.


Like any tree, this event could not grow without good foundational support. We thank the following organizations for their assistance:

  • Roots:
    • Canadian Heritage
    • City of Calgary / Land Use Planning & Policy
    • Chinook Country Historical Society
  • Trunk:
    • The Calgary Herald
  • Leaves:
    • Calgary Heritage Initiative
    • Central United Church
    • City of Calgary / Outdoor Resource Centre
    • Fort Calgary
    • Glenbow Archives
    • Lougheed House
    • Memorial Park Library
    • Southern Alberta Pioneers
    • W.R. Castell Central Library
    • Wild Rose United Church

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