Resources: Our Roots
4-H Horticultural and Clothing Clubs. (1967) Pioneer reflections.
- The introduction by Grant MacEwan, Lieutenant-Governor of AB (1967)
endorses the value of the information presented in this book. This book
presents local history based on interviews with pioneer settlers.
- Cockburn, J. A. (1909). Souvenir views of Alberta, the land of
sunshine. Grand Rapids, Michigan: J. Bayne.
- This resource is presently unavailable.
- Coulton, Betty. (1962) The great lone land. Consort, Alberta.
- The author acknowledged that most of the information for this historical
booklet was gathered from the folklore of the community of Consort,
Alberta. Each entry is about life in pioneer days in rural Alberta.
H. A. (Ed.)(1959). The early west. Edmonton, Alberta: Historical
Society of Alberta.
- This collection of varied pieces provides interesting accounts of
the early years of Alberta’s History. The book contains different
accounts and tales relating to a variety of historical events. The authors
contributing to the story range from an early recounting of the Frog
Lake Massacre by an eye witness and member of the Wood Cree to a present-day
historian’s retelling of the pursuit of a whiskey trader.
- Historical Society of Alberta. (1969). Pioneer west no. 1.
Calgary, Alberta: Author.
- A collection of articles reprinted from early issues of Alberta Historical
Review. They are articles about early life in Alberta, written by Albertans
for Albertans. Articles include “Medical Pioneering”, “Edmonton
Hunt”, “Fort Whoop-Up & the Whiskey Traders”,
“The Barr Colony” & “Capture of a Wagon Train”.
Society of Alberta. (1969). Pioneer west no. 2. Calgary, Alberta:
- Accounts regarding life in the mid-1800’s to the turn of the
century include topics such as “Work and Adventures in the Crowsnest
Pass”, “Historic St. Albert”, “Farming in the
Okotoks-High River Area”, “Return of the Buffalo”,
and “Off to the Klondike”.
- Historical Society of Alberta. (1969). Pioneer west no. 3.
Calgary, Alberta: Author.
- This is a collection of accounts of early life in Alberta. They include
“Early Admin. of Justice in Canada’s N. W.”, “Mennonite
Settlements”, “Blood Reserve”, “Crowfoot”,
“Blackfoot Chief”, “Lewis James Swift”.
- Hurt, L. (1979). The Victoria Settlement: 1862-1922. Edmonton,
Alberta: Alberta Culture, Historical Resources.
- The Victoria Settlement began as a small village and trading post
along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, north and east of Edmonton.
By 1900 it had become a rural community with a population of well over
100. This book provides a history of the Victoria Settlement from 1862
– 1922. While the chronicling of developments and events is predominantly
from the perspective of the immigrants and other settlers of the area
there is some information regarding the interaction between the early
missionaries in the area and the Hudson’s Bay Company.
- Owram, D. R. (Ed.)(1979). The formation of Alberta: A documentary
history (Vol. III ). Edmonton, Alberta: Historical Society of Alberta.
- This volume was created by the Alberta Records Publication Board
of the Historical Society of Alberta. Its goal was to document the history
of the events that led to Alberta’s Provincial status. By providing
newspaper editorials, private correspondence, and material from before
1900, as well as officials and semi-official material, it gives some
insight of the politics and stages that led up to Alberta becoming an