Jeanne and Tharcis Forestier

The records of Jeanne and Tharcis Forestier are now available. They provide a large number of research opportunities related to the history of Alberta as well as the development of the Francophone community in western Canada.

Tharcis Forestier was a preeminent figure of the Francophone community in Alberta and he worked as announcer, producer and director for the French station Radio-Edmonton CHFA for 28 years. He was one of the first three employees of the station. Very little is known of the Radio-Edmonton CHFA programming and this donation completes gaps in the history of this station. The records will be useful for research into French language broadcasting in Alberta and Western Canada, and media in general. Tharcis was also a painter and his paintings document artistic life in Edmonton.

Jeanne Forestier was very interested in arts, especially music, as well as in genealogy; she also kept close ties with her family and friends; all those interests are well reflected in her diary and extensive correspondence. Her diary covers five years during the 1930s in Edmonton and gives details on everyday life in Edmonton during the Depression. It will be of very high interest for social historians. Her family research documenting Francophone immigration to Alberta will be of very high interest to genealogists.