Upcoming Presentation

Join me at Haskayne Legacy Park Pavilion for an in-person presentation, as part of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation Lecture Series! I’ll be telling stories about the girls and women from Glenbow’s history. Archaeological discoveries, historical sources, genealogical research and oral histories reveal surprising stories of remarkable females from Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park’s past. Former inhabitants… Continue reading Upcoming Presentation

Love at Glenbow

There’s lots to love at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and this month we celebrate the romance of its past. From wedding ceremonies and celebrations, to the arrival of newlywed couples, love was in the air. One wedding ceremony is known to have been conducted at Glenbow. Chester and Gladys de la Vergne hosted the ceremony… Continue reading Love at Glenbow

Event at Calgary!

Join Shari on Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 PM at The Military Museums (located at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary) for a presentation as part of the Blood sweat and tears: Canadian Military Medicine Lecture Series. Shari’s presentation, entitled “…And A Few of the Best of Us,” highlights the residents of Glenbow, a former settlement located in today’s… Continue reading Event at Calgary!

Winter Sport

The stoneworkers of Glenbow Quarry (which was located in today’s Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park) experienced a chinook in mid-December 1909 and they decided to make the most of the warm weather. A special charity football match (soccer to us) was scheduled for Christmas Day. Admission was 35 cents, with proceeds going to the widow of… Continue reading Winter Sport

The Gift of Glenbow

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a beautiful ecological preserve where the past meets the present, with native grasslands and wetlands, abundant wildlife, and unique historical resources. Its striking  mountain views and wide open spaces make a lasting impression on visitors. Senior citizens who spent their youth surrounded by plants and animals repeatedly tell me that… Continue reading The Gift of Glenbow

Remembrance Day: The Norris Family

Although the Norris family homesteaded and farmed in the Glendale District, they had a notable impact on Glenbow, which was located in today’s Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. They also made a significant contribution to Canada’s armed forces. Thomas Henry Norris and his son Arthur came to Canada from England in 1903, arriving in Alberta the… Continue reading Remembrance Day: The Norris Family

Frank Coombs

When researching the history of Glenbow village, the ghost town at the centre of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, I inevitably ran into dead ends. Admittedly, it is impossible to know every detail of any particular person’s life. However, sometimes the tantalizing trace of a Glenbow resident still haunts me. Such was the case with Frank… Continue reading Frank Coombs

Ghosts of Glenbow

Join Shari on June 3, for her talk entitled ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ which will be the third presentation in the Cochrane’s Hidden History series, sponsored by the Cochrane Historical & Archives Preservation Society. Come hear stories not previously revealed – either in Shari’s book or otherwise. Those familiar with her work will be… Continue reading Ghosts of Glenbow

Isabella Sarah Gillespie 

The exploits of powerful men form the basis of recorded history, while the life experiences of other groups, such as people with disabilities, are often neglected. This skews our view of the past, since in reality, many people face health difficulties due to genetic or infectious diseases, accidents, or aging. The former residents of Glenbow… Continue reading Isabella Sarah Gillespie 

Marion Moodie: Botanist

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11 provides a great opportunity to highlight the diverse scientific endeavours of a woman who called Glenbow home. Marion Moodie’s medical career was featured here in a previous article, however she was accomplished in another scientific discipline, as well. Marion arrived in Glenbow in… Continue reading Marion Moodie: Botanist