April 2016 CHA Newsletter
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Hi Heritage Friends,

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The Lions!

The Calgary Heritage Authority is pleased to announce that the Lion Awards will be held on Thursday July 28th at Knox United, 506 4th Street SW, doors open at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7:00pm. The registration page will be up on the Lions webpage for you to RSVP soon.

Lion Awards Applications Now Open

History honours the unforgettable... Join us in celebrating the past with the Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards.
The biennial Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have undertaken initiatives, of any scale, in support of heritage conservation in Calgary.
The Lion Awards are presented in the following categories:
  • Resource conservation
  • New building design
  • Landscape
  • Community vitalization
  • Advocacy and awareness
  • Heritage trades and crafts
Applications are due May 20, 2016.
Calgary Heritage Authority Chair Scott Jolliffe presented a heritage plaque to the Scarboro United Church. He is pictured with Scarboro United Minister The Reverend J. Lee Spice.

Calgary Public Library: Discover Land Surveying History at the Library

“Making Their Mark”, a centennial exhibition of 100 years of land surveying in Alberta, is a special exhibit that will take place from May 12–June 16 at the Central Library.
The historical exhibit of land surveying artifacts and an interactive re-creation of an early surveying camp shows the remarkable contribution the land surveying profession has made to the province.
The “Making Their Mark” exhibit shows how Alberta developed by highlighting the stories of the men and women who measured and created the boundaries of land parcels in the province. Without boundaries, land ownership could not be established. Early surveyors were often the first people to see much of early Alberta as they laid out the homesteads and the early urban settlements.
Today’s land surveyors still measure and create boundaries but their activities are far more diverse, especially in the work they do creating boundaries for the energy industry. Also, like other professionals, land surveyors use highly sophisticated equipment—a far cry from the artifacts displayed in the exhibit.
This special exhibition was launched by a showing at the Alberta Legislature. Over the next two years, the exhibition will travel throughout Alberta appearing at museums and other public venues.

The Last Remaining Houses in Downtown Calgary

The third report in what’s turning out to be an ongoing yearly series (it just kinda happened), where we casually catalogue all the houses still standing in downtown Calgary. The count today is seven, down one from the previous year. Some of them are still lived-in, some are now used by businesses as office space, and a couple appear empty. It’d be safe to assume not all have a bright future and no doubt when we revisit the subject this time next year, we just may find the numbers have dropped.
Calgary’s extreme downtown core, the area we documented, is bordered on the CPR tracks to the south, the Bow River to the north, 14th Street to the west and the Elbow River to the east. That’s all we touched on and the city, Google, map makers, they all agree on that as a definition. There are still many fine old homes in neighbourhoods that border downtown, just not many inside it.

Lover's Lane, St. George's Island, Calgary

"Hello,  I was looking up St. Georges park Calgary as I have a book of old postcards that belonged to my maternal Grandfather Alexander Herd.  One postcard as follows was addressed to him at Glidehurst, Alberta postmarked August 30 1909 and was dated/written on August 29 1909. The writer appears to be Edna his sister-in-law.  

She writes in the card that the picture is of Calgary's lovers lane and comments that they do not have one like that in Strathcona (Edmonton).  

The card it titled A Driveway. St. Georges Island Calgary.  Very interesting to visit the past in this way and read the correspondence between my Grandfather and his friends and family during the early 1900s.

Have a great day.  From John Dahl Ottawa (formerly of Calgary 1992 to 2001)."

Downtown Calgary: Ghosting Images

Calgary, Alberta has a rich history, and there's a lot to see when wandering around the downtown core. From new skyscrapers to modified historic buildings, there are a lot of clues that tell a story about the city's evolution and growth. I'm fascinated by urban landscapes, and as a professional photographer I've enjoyed showcasing them through the art of "ghosting". 

Ghosting is the process of taking an archival image, photographing the same location as it looks today, and then blending the two compositions together to showcase both the past and present in a single shot. I first attempted "ghosting" in my hometown of Medicine Hat, Alberta and came away with some really intriguing results. Applying this technique to downtown Calgary, Alberta meant that the juxtapositions would be even greater. Here are some of the results.


These Photos Illustrate The Breakneck Speed Of Calgary Development

It's hard to believe the most of these photos are less than 100 years old. 

It just goes to show how far Calgary has come in its short history and how quickly development has happened, starting in the downtown core and extending out. 

Many of these photographs and postcards — all of which are part of the Calgary Public Library's "Postcards From The Past" digital archive — have been donated from the private collections of Calgarians and Albertans interested in preserving the history of Alberta's largest city. 

We've made sure to keep the library's original descriptions and dates, where available. 

Can you believe how much Calgary has changed?

Calgary Heritage Events

Below is a listing of heritage events happening throughout the city. We are always happy to include the events of other organizations in our monthly newsletters. We only ask that you have them to us by the end of each month. Events can be sent to

Calgary Heritage Initiative 10th Anniversary Annual General Meeting

The Calgary Heritage Initiative's Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday April 20 at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the historic Lougheed House. 

This is our 10th Anniversary - come help us celebrate and look to the future!

Our guest speaker is David Ridley, Executive Director of the Edmonton Heritage Council, a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes heritage in Edmonton and the surrounding region (  The EHC is doing some great work in the capital: What can we learn from our sister city about celebrating and protecting heritage? David has served as Executive Director since 2012, beginning work with the Council in its initial formation in 2009.   His previous work includes that of curator and cultural community researcher with Musee Heritage Museum (St. Albert) and the Royal Alberta Museum and as director of research with the Heritage Community Foundation.  He has worked on numerous projects documenting, interpreting and writing about the diversity of cultural life in Alberta communities.  

Chinook Historical Society Presents: 125 Years of the Ranchmen's Club (1891-2016)

Tuesday, April 26th 7:30 PM
Free Program
Ranchmen’s Club, 710-13th Avenue SW

Join Club Archivist/Historian Jennifer Cook Bobrovitz for an inside look at the history of one of the oldest private clubs in western Canada. It is an action packed story with a cast of characters and a plot that will surprise. Jennifer will take us on a breathtaking ride through Club history from the first unofficial meeting in a boxcar to the present day. This is the story of a 125 year journey through good times and bad.
The Calgary Foundation is hosting Jane's Walk again this year. Checkout The Calgary Foundation website for more information as well as Jane's Walk, keeping checking back for the 2016 information!