Introducing the Newest Member of the EHC Team, Miranda Jimmy!

As the newest staff member of the Edmonton Heritage Council, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself to the EHC community. In December 2015, I assumed the role of Program Manager and am bringing my perspective to heritage work in our community. I am Cree and a proud member of Treaty 6. Edmonton… Read more »

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Making Space at Museum Camp 2015

Not Afraid to be Afraid. © Beck Tench

I was fortunate enough to attend my second Museum Camp this past August hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. This summer’s focus was on SPACE—as in making space—and challenged campers to consider how we make space for ourselves and for others. Spaces are strongly tied to empowerment and forming new partnerships, and creating safer… Read more »

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Truth, Reconciliation, and a Whole Lot of Learning

TRC Walk for Reconciliation

In late May and early June 2015, Historian Laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail traveled to Ottawa to present at the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 Conference and to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing events. In this guest blog post, she shares her experience of truth and reconciliation in the nation’s capital.   — When I applied for the EHC’s… Read more »

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Five Reasons that Pop-up Museums Fit Right in with ECAMP

A friendly message at an ECAMP pop-up

Pop-ups are quickly becoming a popular M.O. for enthusiasts in all facets of life. We often hear of people taking a parking spot and transforming it into a disco club for a lunch hour, or experimental restaurants using found food to create delicious meals in strange locations. Temporary by design, pop-ups allow creative people to… Read more »

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Rapid Protyping in Action: The Tannery Arts Center

Young resident sharing how being a resident of the Tannery Arts Center makes him feel

As EHC Program & Operations Manager Ericka gets ready to head to MuseumCamp 2015, she reflects one final time on what she learned last summer at MuseumCamp 2014 in Santa Cruz. Here she writes about the hands-on work applying rapid prototyping to a local arts centre and the lessons she learned through the work. Click to view her first and second… Read more »

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2015 EHC Annual General Meeting

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  We invite EHC collaborators, members, and guests to our 5th Anniversary Annual General Meeting on May 27th, 2015!   It’s been an active period at EHC throughout 2014 and into 2015. We have collaborated with organizations and launched new initiatives increasing the public profile of Edmonton’s history and heritage. We see stronger connections within… Read more »

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Breaking Down Misconceptions Around Edmonton’s Built Heritage

Heritage Forward! highlights vulnerable buildings. Courtesy of Dan Rose.

On the evening of Thursday, February 5, roughly thirty people braved a blizzard to attend the inaugural Old YEG Cafe at the Prince of Wales Armouries. This event, put on by the brand-new grassroots organization, Heritage Forward!, centred on a panel discussion around common misconceptions about Edmonton’s heritage buildings. The organizing committee, which is completely… Read more »

Guest Post: Youth Volunteering Puts Heritage in the Hands of Future Generations

Max & Dustin welcome visitors at opening weekend

In this guest post, Fort Edmonton Park Volunteer Coordinator Laura Nichol shares why youth volunteering is essential to Fort Edmonton Park and important for the future of local heritage. Upon meeting Costumed Interpreter Maggie Bodnar, dressed to perfection in her 1920s garb and confidently engaging a crowd of delighted visitors, you might be shocked to learn that this… Read more »

History as a Building Site: New Ways of Thinking about Heritage Controversies in Edmonton

This guest post from Edmonton’s Historian Laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is based on her talk at Creative Mornings in July 2014 on the topic of ‘Heritage’. History is not the past. Many people have the sense that capital H History equals the past. There are even professional historians who go through life on this assumption. The new-ish way… Read more »

Edmonton 2020 and City Memory

In mid-September, the Edmonton Journal ran a feature looking at downtown development in Edmonton, noting the nearly $5 billion in buildings going into Edmonton’s downtown and adjacent neighbourhoods by the end of this decade. According to one of the sources in the article, this kind of development is “unprecedented” and “unheard of” and further, “people… Read more »