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February 2018 

The Annual General Meeting is to be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday February 20th at the Chestermere Public Library.  Following the Regular meeting at 7:30pm  Bill Peddlesden will present and hour program on “Sport Excellence in Chestermere.” Perfect timing with the Olympics on our mind!  FREE, family friendly program.  See poster below. 

December 2017 and January 2018 – The Chestermere Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving, and educating about, the history of Chestermere and surrounds.  Join the Foundation at their regular meetings, usually the third Tuesday at 6:30pm at Chestermere Public Library.  The CHF is committed to providing educational and informative short programs.  In 2018 watch for three programs; Sport Excellence in Chestermere ( stories of some of those who excelled in Chestermere in sports; possibly panel of any who are still living in Chestermere); Pre Settlement History of Chestermere – Todd McBride ( fur trade, RCMP, what was happening before the railroad came; first European contact); Indigenous History of our Chestermere Area – Ray Blanchford.  Join us at our January luncheon, Tuesday January 16th 11am to 2pm (potluck) at Calgary Yacht Club 635 East Chestermere Drive.  Membership available for $5.  There will be a display of Chestermere scrapbooks from the 1930s to 1970s.  Check the webpage for new posts and meeting date confirmation www.chestermerehistoricalfoundation.org  or call/text 403 200 8046.

November 21 2017 – Regular meeting of the Foundation.  Please join us for the business of keeping Chestermere’s history alive and to hear Audrey McDonald talk on the history of Chestermere and the Chestermere Cabin Owners and their Association.

November 4th – Christmas Craft Sale – Thank you to Audrey McDonald for organizing this, for the volunteers at the table, and for everyone who bought 50 50 tickets in the raffle held that day.  The winner was Don, who lives here in Chestermere and he took home $361.00.  The monies kept by CHF will go towards the fire truck restoration which is nearly completed.

November 1st and 2nd, at Century Casino –  two days of fundraising for CHF, and it is hoped, enough money to finish the 1952 fire truck restoration–the very first firetruck in Chestermere.  To volunteer email jpeddles@telus.net or call 403 200 8046. Thank you Volunteers! Bill, Audrey, Mike, Elinor, Patricia, Art, Gail, Dick, Alicea, Ann-Mari, Ada, Todd, Pat, Jerron, Robin. Janet, Bob, Tammy, Stu. Laurie,Julie, Peter, Marg, Carollyne, Jamie-Ann, Debbie, Amanda, Carrie, James and Nancie.  And to those who stayed home in case we needed spares, Mardi, Lesley and Steve. Your assistance and support was immensely appreciated!

October 17th 2017 ( No meeting in September)- 6:30pm at Chestermere Library Community Room, regular meeting of the Historical Foundation.  Come out and hear about our new programs for 2018.

Aug 26th and September 9th – the nearly restored 1952 former Cabin Owner’s firetruck will be in the Chestermere Car Show on Saturday August 26th at the CRCA grounds all day, and in the Country Fair Parade on Saturday September 9th. Watch for it ! Parade starts at the Middle School, 9am for more information go to  http://www.chestermerecountryfair.com 

August 15th, Tuesday – 6:30pm at Chestermere library Community Room for the regular meeting of the Historical Foundation.

July 31 2017 – Historic Calgary Week in Chestermere  – join Kay Clarke as she tells the stories of Chestermere from its beginning.  Whitecappers Room, 201 W Chestermere Drive, 7pm – no charge.Click here  2017 HCW Brochure Web Version  for detailed information and many opportunities to hear stories about local history of the Calgary area.                                     

July 25th Meeting –  July 25th meeting at 144 Springmere Close 9:30am –discussion on upcoming Casino– volunteers needed email jpeddles@telus.net

Saturday June 3 2017 – finally we had a beautiful day for a “sneak a peek” at the fire tuck which CHF is restoring!  For details click here  and for photos of the event.

June 5 – 11th 2017 Seniors Week – CHF is there! – Chestermere Historical Foundation is proud to be involved in Senior’s Week 2017 here in Chestermere.  Catch the three  historians giving their two guided launch tours (same program each time) of Chestermere Lake on Monday June 5th, Camp Chestermere, 1pm and 2:15 pm, registration prior to launch tours. Thank you to Lifepath Wellness, Dr. Jed Snatic, for donation of photo images for tour.  To register, come to Camp Chestermere 1041 East Lakeview Road, Chestermere, at 11am June 5th and sign up for one of the the historic launch tours–sorry no pre-registration available this year. 

For more information on schedule and details go to: www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/events

May 2017 –  This month Tuesday May 16th we are featuring a special program on the natural history of Chestermere Lake. Presented by Ray Blanchard you will get a chance to see amazing footage of local wildlife and hear Ray’s stories about his property on which one can still see remnants of Blackfoot Trail ,  Join in on the meeting at 6:30pm or come later for the program only at 7:30pm at Chestermere Public Library.

April 2017 –  Join CHF at a new location, The Calgary Yacht Club 635 East Chestermere Drive on Tuesday April 18th for the next historical program. This will be on the history of the Calgary Yacht Club and its long life on the shores of Chestermere Lake. It will be presented by Michael Hooper, former Commodore and long time resident at Chestermere.  The regular CHF meeting is 6:30-7:15pm and following that at 7:30pm Michael will present his program. It is free, everyone is welcome!

March 2017 – Come to the meeting on Tuesday March 21st at 6:30pm and following that at 7:30pm, hear Audrey McDonald and Kay Clarke talk about the early cabin owners here in Chestermere.  The program is held at the Chestermere Public Library 105b Marina Road; there is no charge, everyone welcome. Memberships available at this event, $5 or use our PayPal system on this webpage.  

January/February  2017 – as well as our full program for this spring, ( see dates and locations below) CHF will be mounting a display at the library on Sports in Chestermere over the Years.  Check out more about this display here.  See also the ANCHOR article. Page 22.

December 2016 – The Historical Foundation has been working hard this fall to complete the restoration of the 1952 Firetruck used by the Chestermere Cabin Owners in the 60s and 70s.  Read more here.  As with any project it has had challenges but we believe that as of December 2016  CHF is in the final stretch for this huge undertaking.

This fall has seen the Historical Foundation members out at a number of local schools, continuing what was started by Audrey McDonald at Prairie Waters Elementary nine years ago–even before the Foundation had been created.  This is one of the most important of our programs, introducing the youngsters of the Chestermere community to its history.

Watch for advertisements of the upcoming 2017 education programs on various aspects of Chestermere’s History.  Tentative dates will be Tuesday February 21st 2017  ” A Train Station for Chestermere” at Chestermere Library 105b Marina Road ; Tuesday March 21st 2017  “Early Chestermere Lake (Cottage) Residents” at Chestermere Library as above; Tuesday April 18th 2017 “History of the Calgary Yacht Club” at Calgary Yacht Club 635 East Chestermere Drive ; Tuesday May 16th 2017 ” The Natural History of Chestermere – birds and wetlands.” at Chestermere Library as above:Start times 6:30pm with a short general meeting, and the program at 7:30pm.  Everyone welcome, children as well.

Wishing everyone an old fashioned Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hope to see you at the next meeting February 21st.  For special ‘historical’ gifts see our Merchandise page.  We now use PayPal.

Ideal holiday gift Chestermere A Home for All Seasons 600 pages of stories about Chestermere

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