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November 2019



Food and Community

Food and Community exhibit in place in the PAA Gallery

See our newest gallery exhibit Food and Community on display until November 30, 2019.



Remembrance Day closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Remembrance Day.

A reminder that the Provincial Archives of Alberta is open on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

October 2019



Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day poster

Join us for Home Movie Day on
Saturday, October 19 noon-4 p.m.

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

PAA Photo: A15651B


Thanksgiving Day holiday closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, October 14 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.



For Meat’s Sake – Food and Community at Gainers

Image of Gainer's Building PAA#BL764.8

Join us on Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
For Meat’s Sake – Food and Community at Gainers

For nearly a century, Gainers of Edmonton provided Western Canadian kitchens with ham, sausage, lard, and other food products. The company disappeared in the 1990s after a period of restructuring, labour unrest, and changing economic conditions in the province’s meat packing industry.  Although few physical traces of the company remain, archival research using newspapers, photographs, and government records can help us rediscover the company and the community it created.  While on site for this presentation, take in our latest gallery photo exhibit Food and Community. A donation to Edmonton's Food Bank is welcome. FREE EVENT!  General Seating.

PAA Photo: BL764.8

September 2019



Labour Day holiday closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for the Labour Day holiday.

August 2019



Harvesting and Preserving Your Garden’s Bounty

Man standing beside very large pile of vegetables.

Join us for Harvesting and Preserving Your Garden’s Bounty at 7pm on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Harvesting during the autumn months provides you with more time to efficiently and deliciously preserve your garden’s abundance. As passed down from the generations before us, knowing how to preserve and store your harvest can give your family nourishment throughout the year.  Join landscape gardener Dora Berry of Nature’s Elements to learn tried-and-true methods of reaping and savouring your garden’s bounty, including heritage recipes from the Provincial Archives that are still enjoyed today!   While on site, take in our latest gallery photo exhibit Food and Community.

FREE EVENT!  General Seating.

Image credit - PAA Photo: B9021



Civic Holiday Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, August 5 for the Civic Holiday.

July 2019



Edmonton & District Historical Society Historic Festival and Doors Open

Conservator examining large book with a number of visitors

The Provincial Archives of Alberta is proud to be a participating site in the 23rd annual Edmonton & District Historical Society Historic Festival and Doors Open event July 1-7th, 2019.

Visit the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s state-of-the-art facility and see the amazing treasure trove of historic documents and media collected for future generations to enjoy and learn from! The tour will take visitors through the Reading Room and areas not normally accessible to the public, such as, the vaults and conservation lab. *Please note that this is an indoor walking tour that does include stairs. Free parking available.

Visit the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s state-of-the-art facility and see the amazing treasure trove of historic documents and media collected for future generations to enjoy and learn from! The tour will take visitors through the Reading Room and areas not normally accessible to the public, such as, the vaults and conservation lab. *Please note that this is an indoor walking tour that does include stairs. Free parking available.

 

Pre-registration is required. To register, choose your preferred session time and click the Eventbrite link below or call 780-427-1750 (dial 310-0000 for toll free access within Alberta)

 



Canada Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, July 1st for the Canada Day holiday.

June 2019



Film Night 2019

Advertisments for the PAA film night showings of Back to God's Country and The Lone Eagle

The opening half of this free event showcases the first Canadian feature film ever made, Back to God’s Country, which was filmed 100 years ago in Alberta. The film is also notable for the writing contribution of its star, Nell Shipman, and for the inclusion of one of the first nude scenes in film history. The film is being shown courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, which has provided a digital copy of its restored print, and will feature live piano accompaniment by Edmonton jazz pianist Stephanie Urquhart.

The second half of this free event features a film from the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s own vaults, The Lone Eagle. This First World War aviation film is officially classified as a lost film by the Library of Congress so this version might be the only copy in existence, though the PAA only has the first four of five total reels. As a special treat, the PAA has enlisted the help of three local filmmakers (Frederick Kroetsch, Matt King, and Danny Luong) to provide their own interpretation of the “lost reel,” with Edmonton musician Nick Samoil providing a unique score for this silent epic of derring-do over the skies of the Western Front.

Provincial Archives of Alberta 34th Annual Film Night
Saturday, June 22
Metro Cinema at the Garneau
8712 109 Street, Edmonton

7pm: Back to God’s Country with live piano accompaniment by Stephanie Urquhart

9pm: The Lone Eagle featuring “the lost reel” by local filmmakers and score by Nick Samoil

FREE EVENT!

May 2019



Victoria Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, May 20th for the Victoria Day holiday.

April 2019



Take a Longer Look

Image of Panoramic Photo Exhibit at the Provincial Archives of Alberta

See our newest gallery exhibit Take a Longer Look: Panoramic Photographs from the Provincial Archives of Alberta September 15, 2018 to April 20, 2019.

March 2019



Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Rendez-vous de la Francophonie advertising image (PAA Photo: LSA 1881 – sketch 2)

Venez célébrer les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie aux Archives provinciales de l'Alberta!

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 contient 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 16 mars 2019, de 12h00 à 14h00, pour participer à une visite guidée ainsi qu'à une présentation en français. Le sujet sera les Oblats de Marie Immaculée, une nouvelle acquisition qui documente l'histoire de la francophonie albertaine dans l'Ouest.

Nous allons vous mener dans nos voûtes avec températures 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.

February 2019



Family History Day

PAA Photo #G402

Join us for Family History Day on Monday, February 18, 2019!

Interested in family history genealogy research? Genealogical Gold in Government Records, is an introductory learning session presented by government records archivists. This session will explore various types of records accessible at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) such as vital statistics, probate files, and court records, which contain a wealth of information that may aid you in your quest for genealogical information. The session will also outline some federal records and additional resources such as local histories that are also incredibly valuable – Genealogical Gold!

Free Admission; pre-registration is required. Please note that the Reading Room is closed.



Family Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, February 18th for the Family Day holiday. Pre-registration is required for the Family History Day event.

January 2019

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Holiday closure schedule

The Sandra Thomson Reading Room will be closed from Monday, December 17, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 inclusive. The Provincial Archives will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Provincial Archives and the Sandra Thomson Reading Room will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

November 2018



Remembrance Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, November 12th for the Remembrance Day holiday.



Website Maintenance

Due to planned maintenance, the PAA’s website and some search applications may experience short, periodic outages and/or slow response times between 10 p.m. on November 9th and 5 p.m. on November 11th. Maintenance activities are timed to minimize impacts to Albertans. We thank you for your patience.

October 2018



Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day poster - PAA Photo A15651B

Join us for Home Movie Day October 20th 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!



Thanksgiving Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, October 8th for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

September 2018



Labour Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for the Labour Day holiday.

August 2018



Heritage Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, August 6th for the Heritage Day holiday.



150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever

150 firsts exhibit promo image

Albertans have been at the forefront of Canadian innovations in arts and literature, science, environmental protection, politics, inclusion and diversity, as well as sports and leisure. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Provincial Archives of Alberta is highlighting 150 Canadian firsts that occurred because Albertans were the first to make them happen. And, for better or worse, these 150 firsts changed Canada…Forever.



“150 for 150” in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank

“150 for 150” in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank promotional image

“150 for 150” is an initiative to raise 150 lbs of food for the Edmonton Food Bank to celebrate our latest exhibit - 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever. The exhibit highlights Canadian firsts that were done by Albertans and includes everything from Calgary being the first Canadian city to host a Winter Olympics (in 1988) to the construction of Canada’s first UFO landing pad in St. Paul (in 1967).

One of the “firsts” profiled in this new exhibit is the Edmonton Gleaners Association, who established the first food bank in Canada in 1981. The organization has evolved into The Edmonton Food Bank, which serves approximately 20,000 people per month and works collaboratively with over 230 organizations. The PAA is honouring this “first” by giving back to the community. The food drive will conclude on August 1, 2018, when the exhibit completes its run at the PAA.

July 2018



Canada Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, July 2nd for the Canada Day holiday.

May 2018



Victoria Day Closure

Please note the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be closed on Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day holiday.

April 2018



Relics: CanCon Classics from the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Film Night 2018 Advertising image

Join us for the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s 33rd annual Film Night Relics: CanCon Classics from the Provincial Archives of Alberta on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7pm.

This year we feature classic 1980s CanCon television including episodes of Airwolf, Danger Bay, and of course, The Beachcombers complete with local commercials from the period. Be back in your seat for 9pm to catch the 1984 made for television feature film Airwolf.

Event takes place at Metro Cinema (Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St NW, Edmonton).

Free admission.

8555 Roper Road
Edmonton, AB
T6E 5W1
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(780) 427-1750

Mon: Closed
Tue: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wed: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Thu: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fri: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sat: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sun: Closed

*There is no retrieval of archival material from 11:30am - 1pm and from 3:30pm onwards.