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This is a still from the documentary “Secret Alberta – The Former Life of Amber Valley.” The film covers the history, legacy, and notable descendants of the most northern black settlement.

Legacy of Alberta’s black pioneers honoured

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta’s black pioneers have been recognized with a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque at Amber Valley Cultural Centre in Amber Valley. Between 1908 and 1911, more than 1,000 black Americans left Oklahoma and surrounding states to settle in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, seeking freedom from racial segregation and economic opportunity. They chose […] Read more

Some of the volunteers put on period dress in the reenactment of famed horseman Slim Moorehouse’s 1925 feat.

Neil Dimmock’s big dream — and his really big wagon train

Reading Time: 4 minutes Planning and preparation make for a good road trip — especially if your mode of transportation is 30 horses pulling eight wagons. Neil Dimmock needed porta-potties, campers, dozens of volunteers (and enough food to keep them happy), generous landowners and sponsors, a stack of permits, hundreds of gallons of water, tons of hay and oats, […] Read more

tombstones in a pond

Stirling’s tombstone mystery is finally solved

But there are calls to have discarded monuments at fish pond removed

Reading Time: 3 minutes For the past five years Stirling’s Cody Kapcsos has been on a solitary mission to solve the mystery of who’s buried in the abandoned pioneer cemetery near the ghost hamlet of Masinasin. Kapcsos, who has also spent countless hours restoring the cemetery, could only identify four of the known 11 burials at the site, located […] Read more

red grain elevator

Historic grain elevator info now online

Peel’s Prairie Provinces now hosts the CGC’s Grain Elevators in Canada

Reading Time: < 1 minute Thanks to a partnership with the University of Alberta Libraries, data on grain elevators in Canada collected by the Canadian Grain Commission beginning in 1912 is now freely available online. Fully searchable, digital copies of these records from 1912 to 1998 are openly accessible via the University of Alberta Libraries’ website, Peel’s Prairie Provinces. These […] Read more

Man with camera in front of grain elevator.

Drumheller graphic artist aims to preserve the memory of Prairie sentinels

Jim Pearson preserving legacy of fast-disappearing Prairie icons

Reading Time: 2 minutes Jim Pearson was caught off guard when he heard the Pioneer country grain elevator in Kamsack, Sask., was demolished in July. He had photographed it three years earlier when it was still a vital service for area farmers. “This thing was barely 30 years old,” said Pearson, a graphic artist who has established himself over […] Read more

Historical train station being moved on a flatbed trailer

Alberta railway stations get a new lease on life

Moving the old buildings was a challenge, and much renovation still needs to be done

Reading Time: 3 minutes A trio of Alberta communities are welcoming back a pioneer symbol of hope and prosperity that gripped early settlers across the western landscape more than a century ago. Benalto, Beiseker and Scandia are restoring old Canadian Pacific train stations to their former glory. They hope the icons will revitalize their communities with additional public services […] Read more

Two men standing in front of grain elevator.

‘Vatorologists’ hope to give structure a new life and new home

On the move: History enthusiasts want to move an 
old elevator to a historic park near Stirling

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two men with a devotion for the past are hoping to translate their enthusiasm into a living example of how grain used to be handled in hundreds of towns across the Prairies. Jason Sailer and Cody Kapcsos hope to move former Ogilvie Mills grain elevator here 33 miles to the Galt Historic Railway Park. Sailer […] Read more