‘At Home’ was a term used to denote that the lady of the house was accepting visitors. In times past, when the role of neighbourhood hospitality would alternate throughout the community, specific days and times would be posted in local newspapers.
Ada Magrath was “at home” on the afternoon of May 22, 1914:
“Mrs. W.J. Magrath has asked a few of the Highlands’ ladies this afternoon to meet Mrs. George Ash of Vancouver and Mrs. Stanley of High River, Mrs. W. T. Ash’s house guests, and have a cup of tea on the verandah [at 6210 Ada Boulevard].” The Edmonton Capital, May 22, 1914 (Last Edition), Page 6
Now the Highlands Historical Society uses the term, “At Home” to denote a special gathering for members only to experience an insiders’ view of one of the gracious historic houses in the Highlands.
In 2015, the HHS’s Annual “At Home” event will take place at the historic Bell Residence (a 1912 house on 63 street) on June 7th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Join us for lemonade and cookies and view this wonderful heritage home. This event is free to HHS members. Annual memberships can be purchased onsite for $15.