Fall & Winter Programming

CCHS 2018/2019 Program Brochure (pdf)


Schedule of Events


September 25th, 2018

Coming Home: Surviving the Titanic

Norman Leach, Historian, Storyteller Author

7pm @ The Military Museums

4520 Crowchild Trail SW


The history books tell us that the Titanic sank in April 1912 without any Canadians on board. In fact, over 300 embarked and the ship's sinking affected each one profoundly. Norman Leach, the consummate storyteller, brings to life the stories of some of these Canadians - and Calgarians among them - who survived the sinking, but whose lives would never be the same.


October 23rd, 2018

Alberta's Fossil Record: Natural History Through Deep Time

Ben Borkovic, Royal Tyrrell Paleontological Technician

7pm @ The Military Museums

4520 Crowchild Trail SW


Alberta has a very abundant fossil record that captures a long span of Earth's natural history. The fossils found here range from sponges on an ancient sea floor to ice-age mammals and, of course, world-class dinosaur specimens. Come learn about Alberta's spectacular fossil record and what it tells us about the history of life on Earth.


November 27th, 2018

Little Moccasins: a Short Film and its Filmmaker

Laurie Sommerville, Filmmaker

7pm @ New Central Library

802 3 St SE


Little Moccasins is a short film created to honour a long-forgotten group of First Nations' children buried at the now-abandoned Dunbow Indian School, near Calgary. The film shines a much-needed light on the sins of the past, while opening the door towards making amends in the future. 


December 8th, 2018

Was the 1918 - 19 Spanish Flu really "Spanish"? - Christmas Luncheon

Trudy Cowan, Historical Site Developer and Interpreter

11am @ Danish Canadian Club

727 11 Ave SW

TICKETS REQUIRED;  sarpatharv@gmail.com 403-404-8717 

This talk looks at the roots of the 1918 - 1919 "Spanish" Influenza epidemic, examining some of its local effects and asking why it was so widespread, why it was so devastating, and why it was then forgotten so quickly/


January 29th, 2019

The Life and Art of Nicholas de Grandmaison

Ryan Green, Owner and President of Masters Gallery

7pm @ New Central Library

802 3 St SE


This talk explores the captivating life of an artist, de Grandmaison, who painted many of Southern Alberta's indigenous people. It looks at how a Russian nobleman who survived both the Second World War and Bolshevik Revolution came to Canada, and became fascinated with our First Nations and their culture. The resulting portraits became an important body of work that helped shape the Canadian art market.


February 26th, 2019

Writing Backwards: Three Contexts for Alberta's Black History, 1885 - 1920

Bertrand Bickersteth, Communications Instructor, Olds College

7pm @ New Central Library

802 3 St SE

The story of early 20th century black people in Alberta - and their attempts at public discourse - is virtually unknown. This talk explores three examples, working backwards through time to show how this public communication emerged as a unique expression of "blackness" - and Albertan identity.


March 26th, 2019

Digitally Preserving Alberta's Diverse Cultural Heritage - AGM & Dinner

Peter Dawson, Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary

5pm @ Number 1 Legion
(AGM @ 5, Talk @ 7)

116 7 Ave SE


 sarpatharv@gmail.com 403-404-8717  

Lots of provincial heritage sites are currently at risk, and there is an urgent need to preserve them. Can cutting edge technology be used to preserve these sites digitally? Peter explores this question through fascinating digital heritage projects in Southern Alberta.


April 23rd, 2019

The Hundred Days that Won the Great War

Pat Brennan, retired Professor of History, University of Calgary

7pm @ The Military Museums

4520 Crowchild Trail SW


In July 1918, the Allies stood on the brink of defeat; less than four months later, they won the war. Canadian soldiers played a central role - and paid a terrible price - during those fateful hundred days that won the war. This talk explores how we helped shape this pivotal campaign's outcome.


May 28th, 2019

Treasures: The Beulah Home for Unmarried Mothers, 1909 - 1939

Amy Kaler, Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta

7pm @ New Central Library

802 3 St SE


Few know the very true story of a home for unwed pregnant women operating in Edmonton for almost 70 years. This talk opens up conversations about the history of gender and childbearing in Alberta, shining the light on the hidden lives of some Alberta women.