What A Great Year!!

2018 was a very important year for the HHS. We’re proud of what we did this year.

February: New Blog / website. We decided that a blog would be better way to tell our stories and keep you up to date than a newsletter that was being produced only a couple of times per year.

March: Gibbard Block Open House and Fundraiser. This was an excellent opportunity for our members and the Highlands community to see the the Gibbard Block before restoration began. We heard so many stories of how important this building was to Edmontonians. We raised $2000 to fund our ongoing projects and programs.

Gibbard Block Pressed Tin Ceiling Main Floor

Original pressed tin ceiling in the Gibbard Block will be preserved.

April: Our First Plaque Workshop was held at the Highlands Library. Participants learned how to do research on their homes and how to take advantage of our Plaque Program.

June: The first of 2018’s Speaker Series. Twenty five people turned out to listen to Dr. Rod McLeod speak about the history and importance of Edmonton’s Blatchford Field during WW2.

July: We participated in the annual Historic Edmonton Open Doors Festival. The launch was held at the Highlands Golf Course. Over 150 people came to this event. Following the presentations, the HHS offered two walking tours which were well attended. Later in the week we had another sell-out bus tour of the Highlands.

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Historic Open Doors festival at the Highlands Golf Course was a huge success.

September: Our second Speaker Series featured four presenters from the Beverly Interpretive Center. Forty people heard the stories of coal mining from community members whose grandparents worked in the coal mines of Beverly. We also held our Second Plaque Workshop, which was extremely well attended.

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Speaker from the Beverly Interpretive centre showing a picture of a mine in Beverly.

October: The HHS celebrated its 30th Anniversary (Yippee) at the Highlands Golf Course. Following an excellent buffet dinner we were treated to a “visit” by James Bond Steele (1857 – 1923). Brian Christy, aka the McKay Avenue one-room schoolteacher, played the role of Steele, and Kassandra Milette played the part of his daughter Elsie.  The book, James Bond Steele Diaries: The Daily Life of a One Room Schoolteacher in early Edmonton 1885 – 1891 was officially launched. Many guests dressed up in 1920’s garb.

Trio with Costumes

Attendees at the Gala got into the spirit of the era.

But Wait ! There’s MORE!!

November 24th, 1-3 pm Our Annual General meeting, previously advertised as being at the Highlands United Church, has been moved to the Community League hall at 6112 113 avenue. The agenda includes a short business meeting that will include elections. If you love history and are curious about what we do, please consider  becoming a volunteer – even a board member! We are always looking for people who share our passion for the Highlands and it’s a great way to meet kindred spirits.

After the meeting, editor of the James Bond Steele Diaries, Melanie Moore, will present highlites from the book. There will be an opportunity to purchase your own copy of the book, renew your membership (which expires October 31st) and mingle with fellow members over refreshments.

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  4 comments for “What A Great Year!!

  1. Anita I. Jenkins
    October 20, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    It was a stellar year. I am glad that I stayed in touch with the society even though I don’t live in the Highlands any more. I was able to attend the great lecture by Rob McLeod and the Open Doors event at the golf course, and they were both quite wonderful. Anita Jenkins


    • October 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Anita – it’s great that you keep in touch with your old home base 🙂


    October 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    You are doing a super job with the HHS website – is it you Joanne? I can’t make it to the AGM as I have another commitment on that date.Who is in charge of the plaque workshops? I am in possession of the huge binder for that program because I had intended to make a current list of plaques for inclusion in Carol Snyder’s book. However, the idea seems to have been abandoned. So, should I be returning it to someone, and if so, to whom?Cheers?,Judith


    • October 20, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Judith, yes I have been doing the website but will be passing the torch onto someone else in January when I resign from the board. The person who is dealing with the plaques program is Robyn Fowler and you can reach her through our web site. Sorry you won’t be at the AGM.


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