Previous Announcements

July 2017

July 4th and 5th, 2017, 7:00 pm

The Alaska Highway Road Show

The Alaska Highway Roadshow poster image
Photo by Tracy Rondeau

Join us for The Alaska Highway Road Show 7pm July 4th & 5th at 7pm.

The Alaska Highway Road Show, (AHRS) is a touring celebration marking the occasion of the famous route’s 75th anniversary. The show launches in early July, 2017, at the Provincial Archives of Alberta as part of Edmonton’s Historic Festival. It will then head north, visiting 11 other communities and eventually wrap up in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Performances range from large city performance halls to small spaces in villages like Teslin and Lower Post.

The AHRS celebrates the Trail of ’42 with three artists whose families have a long history in the north. Bill Dolan, Allison Tubman and Kathy Jessup weave together research, family stories, music, artifacts and photographs to present an entertaining look back on the route’s remarkable 75-year history. Raised as “highway kids,” they lend an authentic voice to this ninety-minute tribute concert. Audiences will gain an appreciation of why the Alaska Highway deserves to be Canada’s newest National Historic Site and why truckers and all those who’ve called it home over the years proudly share a special bond. The Trail of ’42 is a remarkable story, and as the Highway reaches its 75th birthday, this is the time to tell it!

Free event! Seating is limited. Get your tickets by registering on Eventbrite.

July 1, 2017

Canada Day at the PAA

Please note that the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reading Room will be closed on Saturday, July 1. The PAA will also be closed on Monday, July 3. The PAA will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Join us from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on July 1 for the launch of our new exhibit “150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever”.

June 2017

June 22, 2017

Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta Society 2017 Annual General Meeting

Join us in celebrating the past year of activities in support of the Provincial Archives of Alberta. See the 2017 AGM Notice and the Call for Nominations.

February 15 to June 17, 2017

Let Justice Be Done: The Alberta Provincial Police 1917-1932 Motorcycle image
Provincial Archives of Alberta, A4814

For a brief period in the early twentieth century, the Province of Alberta had its own provincial police force similar to those still found today in Ontario and Quebec. Created and disbanded through circumstances beyond its control, the Alberta Provincial Police (APP) gradually gained the confidence of citizens who had only known the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Despite building a reputation as one of the most efficient police organizations of its kind in the world, the APP is mostly forgotten today, leaving behind only faint traces of its accomplishments a century later.

June 7, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Alberta Provincial Police logo

Emilio Picariello vs. the Alberta Provincial Police

In 1916, prohibition legislation was passed in Alberta. In 1917, the Alberta Provincial Police was established to take over policing duties from the Royal North-West Mounted Police and it fell to them to enforce prohibition. A majority of the people of the Crowsnest Pass had voted against prohibition and bootlegging proliferated. The area to be patrolled was huge and APP resources limited. By 1922, the Alberta Government was under pressure from reformers to stop prohibition. New Commissioner Willoughby Charles Bryan added 50 new men to the APP in March 1922 and the scene was set for the entrapment of Italian immigrant and bootlegger Emilio Picariello. The result would be a murder and sensational trial resulting in two hangings. Was justice done?

May 2017

May 17, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Booze, Mounties and the Founding of the Alberta Provincial Police Force (Provincial Archives of Alberta photo A4793)
PAA Photo: A4793

Booze, Mounties and the Founding of the Alberta Provincial Police Force

Join us for Booze, Mounties and the Founding of the Alberta Provincial Police Force, 7 - 8:30 pm Wednesday, May 17th.

Everyone recognizes the red serge and Stetson hat of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Most people are aware the Mounted Police have enforced the law throughout Western Canada since the arrival of non-indigenous settlers to the region in the 1870s. So why did the government of Alberta establish a provincial police force in 1917?

Sean Moir, Collections Manager for the Royal Alberta Museum, will explore this question, explaining how and why the introduction of provincial prohibitory liquor legislation on July 1, 1916 was central to the formation of the Alberta Provincial Police.

April 2017

April 8th, 2017

Light the Lamp: Hockey Heritage with the Provincial Archives of Alberta (Provincial Archives of Alberta, B6528)
Provincial Archives of Alberta, B6528

Join us at the 32nd Annual Film Event Light the Lamp: Hockey Heritage with the Provincial Archives of Alberta on Saturday, April 8th. Free event! Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Come for 2pm and be sure to catch both features!

Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre

8712-109 St NW, Edmonton

2pm - Celebrate “the best game you can name” and enjoy a selection of hockey-related audiovisual materials from the vaults of the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

4pm - Relive the magic and the 30th anniversary of The Boys on the Bus, a documentary that follows the Edmonton Oilers through the 1986-87 NHL hockey season as they battle for their third Stanley Cup.

March 2017

March 13, 2017

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie image

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Visite guidée aux Archives provinciales!

Les Archives provinciales de l’Alberta rassemblent, conservent et mettent à la disposition des chercheurs des documents privés et gouvernementaux ayant une importance provinciale. Le fonds documentaire francophone, démarré en 1965 avec trois photographies, compte maintenant des centaines de mètres de documents textuels, des milliers d’images et de nombreux autres types de documents archivistiques qui retracent l’histoire, le développement et la vie des individus, familles, entreprises et associations francophones.

Nous vous invitons à venir aux Archives provinciales de l'Alberta, le 13 mars 2017, de 13h00 à 15h00, et prendre part à notre visite guidée en français.

Nous allons vous mener dans nos voûtes avec température et humidité contrôlées, habituellement fermées au public, et vous faire visiter notre laboratoire de conservation ultra moderne. Vous aurez aussi l'occasion de voir des anciens documents écrits en français, ainsi qu'admirer les premières photos prises dans le territoire qui allait devenir l'Alberta.

February 2017

February 20, 2017

Photo Number G402
"Prized largest family, Smoky Lake, Alberta" (July 1, 1938) Photo Number G402

Family History Day: Accessing Vital Statistics

Vital Statistics (birth, death and marriage registrations) contain significant pieces of information to aid one’s genealogical research. Learn more about these documents, and how to find and request them. Experience a Reading Room tour exploring our most significant holdings that support genealogy research, and enjoy a sneak peek in the vaults where archival collections are securely stored and preserved for years to come.

February 15, 2017

Let Justice Be Done: The Alberta Provincial Police 1917-1932 Motorcycle image

Join us at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (located at 8555 Roper Road NW Edmonton) on Wednesday, February 15 as we celebrate the legacy of the “blue-coated Mounties” with our latest exhibit - Let Justice Be Done: The Alberta Provincial Police, 1917-1932.