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A JOYFUL HARVEST

A Joyful Harvest tells the story of Jewish life in southern Alberta from 1889 to 2005, beginning with the early pioneers who came from distant lands to the southern most reaches of what was then the Northwest Territories.

ALBERTA, FORMERLY A PART OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: AN INDEX TO BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH

Alberta, Formerly a Part of the North-West Territories: An Index to Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations Prior to 1900

 

ALBERTA'S GOVERNMENT HOUSE

In October of 1913, George Hedley Vicars Bulyea, Alberta's first lieutenant governor, celebrated the completion of Government House by throwing a grand fete, to which he invited Albertans from all walks of life. It was easy to imagine in those early days that the stately mansion, arguably the most imposing in the relatively new province of Alberta, would always serve as a vice-regal residence, given its luxury and grandeur. A mere 25 years later, however, this role ended and the world events would cast their shadow on Alberta, and the building would be called into a less glamourous kind of duty.

AT FIRST GLANCE

At first glance... these portraits offer a close-up view of people who, in point of fact, are impossibly distant from us. More than thirty years of day after day has long since transformed them into whatever they were to become. Yet here they are in clear black and white, still mysteriously present. The images in Denis Wall's album expose flashes of tenderness and self-absorption, desire and love, optimisim and pain. As you walk these streets with him, you are certain to find yourself in the frame.

BRUTINEL: LE REMARQUABLE DESTIN D'UN FRANCAIS, BRIGADIER-GENERAL DE L'ARMEE CANADIENNE

Raymond Brutinel was born into an old family from Alet-lesbains, in South-East of France. At the age of 16 he abandoned his studies to travel around the world on some of the last sailing ships. After his military service in Tarbes in the South-West of France, he left with his wife and son and settled in Edmonton Alberta, in 1905. He quickly prospered pursuing numerous activities in journalism, prspecting and finance. His keen interest in military strategy, coupled with his passion for history inspired him to create, in Canada, at the outset of the WWI, the first autonomous motorized machine gun unit.

BRUTINEL: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF A FRENCH CITIZEN BRIGADIER-GENERAL IN THE CANADIAN ARMY

Raymond Brutinel was born into an old family from Alet-lesbains, in South-East of France. At the age of 16 he abandoned his studies to travel around the world on some of the last sailing ships. After his military service in Tarbes in the South-West of France, he left with his wife and son and settled in Edmonton Alberta, in 1905. He quickly prospered pursuing numerous activities in journalism, prspecting and finance. His keen interest in military strategy, coupled with his passion for history inspired him to create, in Canada, at the outset of the WWI, the first autonomous motorized machine gun unit.

Dal & Rice

In 1914 Godfrey Davis arrived in India, a Junior officer in the Indian Civil Service. When he reluctantly returned to England thirty years later he was a high court judge with a knighthood and a great love for India. He sympathized with the independence movement and shared a mutual admiration and friendship with Mahatma Gandhi.

 

Wendy Davis inherited this affection for India and its people. In Dal and Rice she chronciles the memories of her childhood and offers a poignant and measured character study of her father. Her story is part social history, part travelogue, but mostly a very personal account of a relationship with an exotic, chaotic, and often mysterious country.

 

Avoiding political or ideoligical persepctives, Wendy Davis has written a fascinating memoir that depicts an extraodrinary childhood and a vanished way of life.

DRAWN FROM THE PAST-NICHOLAS DE GRANDMAISON (book)

"When I first came to Alberta, I wanted to see the Rocky Mountains, and first of all I went to Banff. I'll never forget my first impressions. I almost lost my breath. I just stood there, I felt small and full of wonder but if I was entranced with the mountains, I was transfixed by the faces of the Indians whom I saw at Banff Indian Days. The deep lines and contours seemed as intriguing as the timeless look of the mountains. I couldn't take my eyes off the faces of some of the older men and women."

- Nicholas de Grandmaison, recorded on audograph, University of Lethbridge Archives

EVER-WIDENING CIRCLES

A history of St. Stephen's College, this book tells the stories, not only of the college and the theological students and the faculty who have worked there, but also of the high school, university and nursing students who, for many years, called the college residence home.

HER VOICE HER CENTURY

The captivating plays in Her Voice, Her Century shine a spotlight on the trailblazing women of western Canada's recent past.

KING COAL: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF COAL MINING IN ALBERTA

"King Coal" presents the rich history of Alberta coal mining and the people and culture that emerged out of the industry, from the 1870s through to the modern era. Discover Alberta's rich coal history, including its triumphs, tragedies, and the legacy that continues in the province today.

MON JOURNAL: THE JOURNAL AND MEMOIR OF FATHER LEON DOUCET O.M.I. 1868 TO 1890

The journal of Father Léon Doucet presents a rare account of the changes that occurred in what is today Saskatchewan and Alberta in the last half of the nineteenth century. These changes included the spread of devastating disease epidemics, the decline of bison populations, the end of the fur trade economy, the establishment of Canadian sovereignty, the signing of treaties, and the creation of First Nations  reserves, and the transformation of the landscape into an agricultural west. A keen observer, Doucet recorded significant ethnographic, geographic, genealogical, faunal, floral, and meteorological details and events

 

NEVER MARRY AN ENGLISHMAN (book)

1899. The Counterfeit Company Limited is formed to forge Canadian $2.00 notes in Boston, Massachusetts and transport them to Nova Scotia for distribution.

Drawn into the illegal enterprise by his financial and marital difficulties, Lewis William Davis finds himself as the principal of the Boston group formed to print the 1897 Canadian bank notes.

NIDDRIE

This is the story of John W. Niddrie, a member of the clergy who deeply loved the people he served, and his observations on his work as a missionary reflect a spirit of hope and understanding.

NO CORNER BOYS HERE

No Corner Boys Here is the story of two families caught up in a swirl of political, economic, and social dramas not of their own making. The author, Jean Crozier, uncovers forgotten or little-known facts about these people who bore the brunt of global happenings.

OLD STRATHCONA EDMONTON'S SOUTHSIDE ROOTS (book)

PLAYING IN THE SNOW, LETS GO (ENGLISH)

It's winter with snowballs and flurries. Macrov and Emma are going on their favorite adventure...But which animals will they encounter in nature? Open up their world and enjoy their stories...

PROTEST AND PROGRESS

Rice Sheppard, Harry Ainlay, Margaret Crang... three Edmontonians who stood up and fought for the working people of their city through the dark days of the World Wars, the fragile prosperity of the 1920s, the grinding poverty of the Dirty Thirties and Cold War repression.

 

Rice Sheppard, Harry Ainlay and Margaret Crang did not win all their battles but they made a difference in the history of the city, the province and the country.

PUBLICATION REPRINT WHATS WRONG WITH COMIC BOOKS

A reprinted publication from the Advisory Board on Objectionable Publications from the 1950s to 1970s. This board was part of the Alberta Government and was censoring comic books and magazines because they believed that children were being corrupted and turned towards crime.

 

This booklet was reporduced for pure enjoyment and a comical read that describes our history.

THE JAMES BOND STEELE DIARIES

Published in 2018 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Highlands Historical Society of Edmonton, the James Bond Steele Diaries follow the daily life of the one room schoolteacher who taught the children of settlers in early Edmonton, including what is now the Highlands neighbourhood.

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