Events and Activities
Find out about City of Edmonton Archives' current events and activities throughout the year.
Free Admission Day
Join the City of Edmonton Archives and others at the Prince of Wales Armouries for a fun and family friendly day for Free Admission Day (FAD) on Sunday, September 25!
There will be food trucks too!
At the Archives (10am-6pm)
The Archives is giving away door prizes and you can enter to win a framed print of the photograph of your choice from the Archives collection.
Kid's can learn about Edmonton's history through interactive games and puzzles, Linda Goyette's Kidmonton, and a film on the 1915 Flood. And everyone can learn about Edmonton's past and the history of the Prince of Wales Armouries by taking a tour. See the tour schedule for tour times.
We also have a Food Bank promotion: drop of a donation and pick your favorite from a selection of pre-printed images from the Archives collection!
There are exhibits on Fort Edmonton Park and the 1908 Incline Railway (a bit like the funicular being built today!) as well as information tables on the Archives Society of Alberta, the Edmonton and District Historical Society, the Edmonton Historical Board and Prince of Wales Armouries Event Rentals.
Also participating in FAD at the Armouries (10am-4pm)
Edmonton Arts Council
Stop by the Edmonton Arts Council table and learn about Human Faces of 107th Ave, an innovative project to beautify 107th Ave (aka "Avenue of Nations") through videos and photographs of the diverse people who live and work in the area.
Edmonton Heritage Council and Edmonton City as Museum Project
Join the EHC and ECAMP for The Journey of Finding Home an interactive exhibit exploring the many facets of the immigrant story - the miles travelled, the generations we bring with us, the healing from which we grow, and the systems which we fight and embrace. You're invited to share the ebbs and flows of coming to Edmonton, the journey finding home. Bring an on-topic item to share!
Edmonton Historical Board
Display and free cake at 1pm (while supplies last).
At 2pm hear Chris Chang-Yen Phillips talk about his new podcast series about helping people find answers to questions about Edmonton's past. With his presentation Making a History Podcast: the Trustee Enigma, he will share his experiences investigating whether there has ever been a black public school trustee in Edmonton.
Friends of Historical Northern Alberta Society
Join Sheila Willis at 1pm for her presentation Exploring History: A Glimpse into James Kennedy Cornwall's Family Trunk.
On a recent holiday, Sheila had the privilege of exploring the family trunks of James Kennedy Cornwall. Join her for a look at the items inside and learn how they relate to Alberta's history and the steps being taken to preserve them.
Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum
Kids' activities include dressing like a soldier. Find out how heavy a WWI helmet is! Museum galleries will be open and volunteers will be giving interpretive tours on demand.
River Crossing Project
River Crossing, in the West Rossdale area, is at the heart of our city. It's a place that's historically and culturally significant for many people, and where the history is long, layered, and deep. Experience some of River Crossing's heritage through archival photographs, artifacts, interactive maps and historic timelines.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own pieces of history to share their stories and perspectives of West Rossdale with others.
For more information visit: edmonton.ca/HeritageInterpretivePlan
South Alberta Light Horse Regiment
Talk to soldiers and see a Gwagon vehicle and a simulated reconnaissance site in the grounds.
Telephone Historical Centre
Tour their hands-on exhibits and enter to win a working antique telephone, it still works!
We offer behind the scenes tours of our vaults as part of Doors Open Edmonton in July and Free Admission Day in September. Stay tuned to this page for further information on when tours are offered.
Throughout the year, archivists at the City of Edmonton Archives offer courses on topics ranging from how to use the Archives for specific projects (like researching your house) to how to preserve your personal records. We do this to share our knowledge and raise awareness of the Archives at the same time.
We launched our first virtual exhibit in 2012. Our exhibits tell stories about Edmonton and Edmontonians using the records at the City of Edmonton Archives.
For More Information
City of Edmonton Archives10440 108 Avenue