As spring arrives, we have come to expect a break from school classes. However, a scheduled school-year is relatively new in the Canadian west. In the settlement period, changeable school calendars were caused by a variety of reasons, as illustrated by Glenbow School, once located in today’s Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. At Glenbow, it took… Continue reading Schoolteachers

Blytha Copeman Pearkes

Constance Blytha Copeman Pearkes, who was born at Glenbow on 18 March 1902, led “an extraordinary life” due to “her wit, good humour and positive attitude” — and a bit of good luck. In 1900, William and Edith Copeman, left England and purchased Waverley Ranch (now in the centre of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park). During… Continue reading Blytha Copeman Pearkes

Gertrude de la Vergne Tanner

In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, this blog entry features Gertrude de la Vergne. In the 1920s, Gertrude worked to “Break the Bias” (this year’s IWD theme) by proving that women could excel in adventurous new fields. Gertrude was born in New York, but was essentially raised on Glenbow’s Millionaire Hill. She… Continue reading Gertrude de la Vergne Tanner