Special Events

Highlands Through The Ages

Back by popular demand, the HHS has organized two more talks in this special series. Join us as we learn even more about the world and the community we live in.

May 24, 2017. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Highlands Public Library - FREE of charge.

Heinz W. Pyszczyk – The Quest for Furs and Food along the Saskatchewan River:
Dr. Pyszczyk worked for the Government of Alberta for over 32 years (1983 – 2016) and in that capacity, has investigated various fur trade posts in Alberta, including NWC Fort George HBC Fort Victoria, and the last HBC Fort Edmonton site (c.1830-1908) located in the City of Edmonton. He has also worked on the northern forts of NWC/HBC Dunvegan , NWC Boyer River Post , and NWC/HBC Fort Vermilion I in northern Alberta. He has extensively published on these fur trade posts and in the last few years was appointed curator of an exhibit, ‘Worlds Meet’ for the new Royal Alberta Museum intended to interpret this part of Alberta’s history. Dr. Pyszczyk is currently adjunct professor at the University of Lethbridge and presently is helping teach the University’s International Field School at the Fort Vermilion site in northern Alberta.


June 14, 2017. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location to be announced in next newsletter - FREE of charge.

Ron Kelland – The Importance of Naming Places in our History:
Ron Kelland is a Historic Places Research Officer with Alberta Culture and Tourism and coordinator of the Alberta Geographical Names Program and the Alberta delegate to the Geographical Names Board of Canada. He works to preserve Alberta’s heritage, both by researching historic places and buildings for designation and protection and by developing an understanding of the origin of the province’s place names and evaluating proposals for new place names and changes to existing names.


HHS Annual Open House

July 2, 2017. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Magrath Mansion. 6240 Ada Blvd.

The HHS’s Annual Open House will be held at the Magrath Mansion. Enjoy one of Edmonton’s most opulent heritage homes. Located in historic Highlands, you can imagine the wealth and prestige such a home would have had in the year it was built – 1912. Join us for anniversary cake, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to a Highland piper (if available). It’s a great way to celebrate Canada Day!



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