Event Archive

Kleskun Lake Ranch Tour – POSTPONED

Unfortunately, the recently announced PCHS tour of the Kleskun Lake Ranch site on September 25th has been postponed for now. Our Board reviewed the recent Alberta Health guidance around gatherings during latest Covid situation, and decided not to hold the event.

Hopefully, the situation will change at some point.

Board members have been developing plans for events to be held over the winter. The schedule looks like this at the moment, but of course is subject to the future pandemic situation.

October/November - a presentation on a little known radar line that ran through the Saddle Hills during the Cold War.

January/February - a National Film Board film on "New Farmlands in the West with footage of the Peace County.

March - a presentation on the Land Settlement Database that PCHS funded. Results and analysis will be discussed.

Watch this website and your newsletter for updates.

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Forbes Tea & Tour

Peace Country Historical Society and the Grande Prairie Museum invites you to be a guest at an afternoon tea and a tour of the Forbes House, 10424 – 96 Street Grande Prairie’s 1st Protestant Church & 1st hospital Established by Dr. & Mrs. Alexander Forbes

YOU MUST PREREGISTER prior to August 13th by dropping by or phoning the Museum 780-830-7090.

This event is FREE to PCHS Members, seating is limited. Any non-reserved seats will be released to other guests after Aug 13th.

Date:  Wednesday August 18th, 2021
Time: 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Tea is served at 2:00 PM, under a canopy in a shaded area of the lawn, with the tour to follow. Beverage selection is your choice of tea, coffee, or a cold beverage. Scone selection is your choice of a large scone- plain, raisin or cheese served with butter and jam

A publication, And We Come After written by Beth Sheehan, includes a lengthy section on the history of the Forbes influence on the settlement of Grande Prairie, will be available for a donation of $5, should you wish a copy.

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On Wings of Discipline: Seventy Years of Air Cadets in Grande Prairie


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Peace Country Historical Society Annual General Meeting

Meeting begins as 7:00 p.m.
The meeting will be conducted via electronic means. Members may join by either Zoom or telephone.
The purpose of the meeting is update members with reports for the year 2020, and to elect a Board of Directors for 2021. In addition we will need to vote on a bylaw change that allows us to meet via electronic means rather than only in person.
You'll be notified of this meeting in advance, and also receive a package of reports to preview prior to the meeting.

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Walking tour of Sexsmith

On September 12, 2020, the Sexsmith Museum Society presented a walking tour of Sexsmith, once designated as the “Grain Capital of the British Empire”. The tour was led by Dr. David Leonard. David first gave some background history of the settlement, and provided a detailed handout to participants. He then led the tour by many historic buildings in the town, stopping at each to explain their history. To end the tour, lunch was served.

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Field Trip to Kleskun Hills

This event has been CANCELLED.

With Speaker Margot Hervieux.

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Heritage Fair

The Heritage Fair has been CANCELLED for 2020

What is the Heritage Fair? It is an opportunity for grades 4 to 9 students to express their creativity in a variety of forms on Canadian history. The project may be a school project or a personal project. The focus is on developing your personal and interpersonal skills. It is a learning opportunity.

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Peace Country Historical Society was held on June 27, 2020, at Kleskun Hills Park.

  • Comments were given on the passing of Mary Nutting, a longtime member and previous President of the Society.
  • Various reports on the activities of the 2019 year were presented.
  • Members elected a Board of Directors.
  • Tim Marriot, President of the Historical Society of Alberta brought greetings.
  • A presentation on Kleskun Hills history was made by museum staff.

Lunch was provided by the Kleskun Hills Museum Society.

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Film Night

The Peace Country Historical Society  invites you to attend the showing of this historical film, produced in 1958 by the Nation Film Board of Canada. The film promoted the prosperous development of agriculture and industry in the peace country and gives "a tribute to the pioneer spirit which still finds scope in our northern settlement."

Do you remember 1958?

Everyone is welcome!

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