Previous Announcements


December 2017

December 6th, 2017

50th Anniversary Open House

PAA 50th Anniversary Logo, blue

Come by the Provincial Archives of Alberta on December 6 to enjoy the festivities and help us mark this special anniversary event, which will conclude our year-long celebration marking 50 years of being open to the public. This free event will include behind-the-scenes tours, exhibits, information about how to donate your records, tips on how to better care for your historical items, and (of course!) coffee and cake.


November 2017

November 11th, 2017

Remembrance Day Closure Notice

BL181/1: Cenotaph unveiling ceremony Edmonton, 1936.
BL181/1: Cenotaph unveiling ceremony Edmonton, 1936. Alfred Blyth fonds.

The Provincial Archives of Alberta Reading Room will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017 for Remembrance Day. The PAA will also be closed on Monday, November 13. The Provincial Archives will re-open on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.


October 2017

October 28th, 2017

Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day image: PAA Photo: PA8275.19
PAA Photo: PA8275.19

Join us for Home Movie Day October 28th noon to 4pm.

The Provincial Archives of Alberta invites individuals and families to share their own home movies and to see other films in turn.

It's a chance to rediscover your films, learn how to care for them so that they can be enjoyed for years to come, and discuss their place in the archival record.

Meet with conservators and archivists and have your films inspected. Bring your treasured 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm formats to share!

Free Event.


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.

www.metrocinema.org/film_view/6251/