November 2017 CHA Newsletter
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In October the CHA said thank-you to a number of retiring board members. We are incredibly thankful for everything they have given the CHA over the past many years. Thanks for being such amazing friends and advocates of heritage!

Scott Jolliffe 2007 – 2017
Sarah Meilleur 2010 – 2017
Jim Cullen 2011 – 2017
Jane Kerr 2013 – 2017

In recognition of his 10 years of service Scott Jolliffe was made an Honorary Life Director of the CHA.

We also want to thank past board members Murray Larkins, Geoff Ellwand and Trevor Kaiser for their service as well.

We look forward to introducing you to our 7 new board members in the December newsletter.

 L-R: Josh Traptow (Executive Director), Nikolas Marsall-Moritz (Vice-Chair), Jane Kerr (Treasurer), Sarah Meilleur, Jim Cullen, Scott Jolliffe (Past-Chair), Mike McMordie, Pam Heard (Chair), Sean Smith

City of Calgary Archives: How to research building history

Delving into history is a fascinating endeavour. Through local history research, you will likely uncover interesting stories, connections and little-known facts that shaped the lives of individuals, families and citizens. Understanding our heritage and respecting the lives of those who have travelled before us is important to shaping our culture and building a great city.

This information will help you begin your journey researching the history of a specific property. As you read through, please keep in mind these important considerations:

  • Your time commitment to complete the research will vary depending on the desired level of detail and information available. There may be fees associated with the retrieval or reproduction of some information.
  • When reviewing both primary and secondary sources, read with a critical eye as not all records are necessarily 100 per cent accurate.
When conducting your research, there are two broad sources of information to focus on: site-specific information and contextual information.

Make sure and checkout the workshop on researching your home! (Info below)

CBC Calgary: Century-old cedar pipe unearthed in 17th Ave. overhaul

In the ongoing construction along 17th Avenue S.W. in Calgary, construction workers stumbled across quite the historic find this week.

A century-old water pipe made of wood — and it was still in great condition.

"We did expect to find some old and interesting stuff once we started," Logan Tolsma told The Homestretch on Thursday.

"This particular section of wooden pipe we found in between Centre Street and First Street S.W. It was underneath the existing pipe that was in use and in service," Tolsma said.

And it gets better, says the senior transportation engineer and project manager.

"It is rare to find pipe in such good condition. When they unearthed it, it actually had water in it and it was still actually quite clear which is extremely rare as well."

Tolsma says wooden pipes were common about a century ago.

"These pipes were used in Calgary pre-1910 and they started to decommission them in the mid-1900s. This particular stretch of roadway had the water lines replaced about 100 years ago, give or take, and so this will be the second replacement in as many years," Tolsma explained.

"The pipes are cedar pipes wrapped in a steel wire. When they get wet and filled with water they swell, so that creates the seal. They put tar around the outside in order to help preserve and age the pipe."

Cedar water pipes aren't the only find in this construction process.

"We have found wooden rail ties, as well as rail spikes from the old trolley system that used to run up 17th Avenue," Tolsma said. "We have found quite a few of those."

"We have heard rumours of potentially finding old coal chutes, that was the old distribution system. They used to dump coal into a chute that would run the coal into business or home basements along the avenue."

The city is currently looking at preserving and displaying this little piece of Calgary history.

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: Your Home's History

WHEN: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Saturday November 4, 2017

WHERE: Calgary Public Library, Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Meeting Room 2

SIGN-UP: register at|1

COST: This is a FREE event. 

PARTNERS: Calgary Public Library, The Glenbow, and City of Calgary 

Explore resources to help you uncover the history of your house.   Presenters are Christine Hayes, Calgary Public Library,  Carol Stokes, Archivist from City of Calgary, Corporate Records, Archives and Lindsay Moir, Librarian, Glenbow Library and Archives.

Community Planning Exchange: Change in Calgary

Saturday Nov 4, 2017 8:30-1pm - Crescent Heights Community Associations 1101 2 St NW

Event time 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, registration at 8:30 am.

The Federation of Calgary Communities are holding their 6th Community Planning Exchange (CPE) exploring the theme of “Change in Communities”. The heritage component is a talk and discussion activity about the use of Heritage Overlay planning tools to preserve the architectural character and/or historic significance of special areas in Edmonton. The speaker will be David Johnston, principal heritage planner for the City of Edmonton sharing that city's experience with Heritage Overlays. This will be a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about this planning tool. There are also talks on laneway housing and age-friendly planning plus a networking lunch!

Join us on Saturday, November 4th for our 6th Community Planning Exchange (CPE) at the Crescent Heights Community Association. This year CPE will explore the theme of “Change in Communities”.  Change in communities can consists of both physical and social changes in the form of redevelopment and demographic shifts. Being able to understand these changes will help us understand the future of our city.

This half day workshop will give communities an understanding of three innovative approaches that are being used in our city to  address change:

  • laneway housing; homes typically built into pre-existing lots, usually in the backyard and opening onto the back lane.
  • heritage overlays; planning tools used to preserve the special architectural character and/or historic significance of certain areas within the city
  • age-friendly planning; planning our communities with demographic changes in mind, in order to enhance quality of life as people age

Through presentations from community and industry experts, you will learn how the city is addressing change to make our communities more vibrant and diverse. Your choice of a walking tour or discussion activity will then follow, which will allow you to understand how these approaches have been applied. Please dress appropriately for November weather.

This event will wrap-up with a networking lunch, so there will be lots of opportunity for community, industry representatives, and City staff to meet, build new connections, and strengthen old ones. We look forward to seeing you there.

Speakers include:

  • Damon Hayes Couture, a local architect from Studio North, who will present on laneway housing
  • David Johnston, a heritage planner with the City of Edmonton, who will present on heritage overlays.
  • Raynell McDonough, Kimberly Haskell, and David Galoska, from the City of Calgary, who will present on age-friendly planning.

Calgary Heritage Initiative: Demystifying Designation with Lorna Cordeiro, Leslie Robertson, Laura Pasecreta and Halyna Tataryn

WHEN: 10 AM- noon, Saturday November 18, 2017  (Doors open at 9:30)
WHERE: Cliff Bungalow Mission  Community Association  - The old School at 2201 Cliff Street SW

SIGN UP: Click to sign up via EventBrite 

COST:  Suggested donation $10, payable at the door by cash or cheque. 2018 Memberships will also be available for sale for $10. 

PARTNER: City of Calgary and Calgary Heritage Authority

Have you heard that designating a building is overly restrictive and reduces market value? Our panel of heritage experts will dispel some of these myths surrounding designation and present information on the resources available to preserve and protect your heritage home or building

Join us for our third heritage designation workshop, featuring homeowners who have had their properties designated along with heritage experts familiar with the designation process. Topics covered will include designation criteria, potential grants, real estate impact and pros/cons.

Calgary Public Library Programs

Free programs.  To register, call  403 260 2620  or or at your local library. 

Discover more about German submarine attacks in Canadian waters during 1942, a critical year in the Battle of the Atlantic. Led by military historian Stéphane Guevremont.
Thurs Nov. 2 7:00 p.m.
Central Library, Dutton Theatre
Learn the full story of Dunkirk, including the experiences of our country’s troops, and the Canadian pier-master. Led by military historian Stéphane Guevremont.
Tues Nov. 7 7:00 p.m.
Central Library, Dutton Theatre
Drop in for help with genealogy research. In
partnership with the Alberta Family Histories Society.
No registration required.
Sat. Nov. 25 10:00 a.m.
Central Library, 4th floor
OUR HISTORY THROUGH IMAGES: CONFRONTATION AT OKA Explore the histories of Indigenous resistance with a focus on the 1990 crisis which took place in Oka, Quebec
Led by Dr. Sean Carleton, Mount Royal University.
Tues Nov. 28 7:p.m.
Crowfoot Library
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