Programs and links to PowerPoint Presentations 

Chestermere Historical Foundation  Participation in Communities in Bloom 2013 and 2014. This competition included an historical component, in 2013 Jen Peddlesden presented a story of her Strathmore area Grandmother who may have come to Chestermere for lake recreation; and in 2014 Kay Clarke told a story of Miss Jean Beattie, local teacher. Click here for Kay’s presentation and photos. Kays History talk at blue bridge for Communities in Bloom 2014

Chestermere Lake History – CLMS May 2015 and Nov 5 2015 at Grade 5 East Lake School –  Kay Clarke, Jen Peddlesden, Ray Blanchford. See also below. For Power Point presentations from Jen ( Our Lake), Kay (Social Change)  and Bill click here. Our Lake and its Beginnings Nov 2015 Gr 5 Social Change in Chestermere K Clarke May 2015  (Bill’s on hold) 

A Lake at Chestermere – Kay Clarke November 15 2016 at CHF meeting – see the PowerPoint Chestermere History – Kay 15 HC Nov 2016 and read the dialogue talk Chestermere History no slides – Kay H.C. Nov 2016

History of the Calgary Yacht Club at Chestermere – Michael Hooper  Tuesday May 17 2017;  read more about the program here ( no PowerPoint available at this time) 

Pre-settlement History of Chestermere. Todd McBride ; fur trade, RCMP, what was happening before the railroad came; first European contact. Click here. 2020 Pre-Settlement History presentation Todd McBride 

Indigenous History of our Chestermere Area – ( no PowerPoint available) Ray Blanchford.

Historic Schools in Chestermere – Kay Clarke Click here. Schools in Chestermere Area -Kay  And dialogue for slides here. Talk – schools in Chestermere area – Kay 

A Train Station at Chestermere – Kay Clarke   21 February 2017 –  For PowerPoint click here Chestermere Station Feb 21 2017 K Clarke for dialogue click here Talk Chestermere Station Kay Clarke notes Feb 2017

Early Schools in Chestermere Area  Kay Clarke March 2018 Click here for PowerPoint.  Schools in Chestermere Area -Kay 2018 March

 Sport Excellence in Chestermere Bill Peddlesden – stories of some of those who excelled in Chestermere in sports. For Powerpoint 2019 Feb 20 Bill Peddlesden sports in Chestermere

Chestermere Women of UNIFARM – Apr 16 2019 Kay Clarke – For Powerpoint click UFWA Kay Clarke 2019 July HCW,

Go Stamps Go – Shelley McElroy – 21 May 2019  Powerpoint preview not available.  

Virtual Boat Tour of Historic Chestermere 2019 – Jen Peddlesden  – if you missed any of the Historic Calgary Week, or Seniors Week guided boat tours around Chestermere on John Kittler’s launch, you can take that tour virtually with this Power Point presentation. 2019 Virtual Boat Tour Chestermere Lake

And in 2021 a recording of this virtual boat tour done June 7 can be found here. 

The History of the Blackfoot Trail and Chestermere Connection – 16 Oct 2019  Eileen McElroy preview not yet available 

Growing Through Time – Part 1 – Jen Peddlesden reviewed some of the stories from the book plus new photos. Tuesday April 21 2020 PowerPoint here. 2020 Growing Through Time A-H Cabin Owners

Growing Through Time – Part II – Jen Peddlesden reviewed more stories and new photos of families featured, or maybe missed, in this book. May 19 2020 Powerpoint here. 2020 Growing Through Time Cabin Owners Part II

What Kay Saved– 21 July 2020 – Jen Peddlesden reviewed some historic scrapbooks created by long time cabin residents Kay and Ed Lowney.  PowerPoint 2020 June 16th What Kay Saved Kay Lowneys Albums a Sampler

Chestermere Hall – history of the Chestermere Hall and Hall Board over the years 1920s to 1981 – Kay Clarke September 15th 2020 – view the PowerPoint here 2020 The Old Chestermere Hall Kay Clarke Sep 15 and the script here  2020 Sep 15 Kay Clarke Old Hall talk script. And a live presentation recorded June 8 2021 found here. 

‘Stampedes and More!’ The Chestermere Community Cooperative Association history – Eileen McElroy 20 October 2020 Click here. Stampedes and More Chest Comm Assoc Oct 2020 Eileen McElroy

‘Historic Sites in Chestermere’ a program on the most significant historic sites in Chestermere in preparation for presenting these to the Western Irrigation District for an upcoming signage project sponsored by the WID.  Tuesday February 16th 2021 – with Eileen McElroy and Jen Peddlesden.  The program was recorded and the video can be viewed here. And a copy of the pdf of the PowerPoint 2021 Chestermere Historical Sites WID signage project.

‘The Lake and How it Came to Be; from slough to CPR irrigation project to oasis.’ the back story of Chestermere Lake from the mid 1800s to 1910 By Jen Peddlesden originally presented 16 Mar 2021.  Watch recording herePDF of the presentation. The Lake and how it came to be Mar 13 2021 FINAL NoAudio  Notes for the presentation  The Lake and How it Came to Be Slide Notes for 16 March 2021 FINAL

The Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer at Chestermere Lake May 18 2021 a presentation done by Bill and Jen Peddlesden about the 50s and 60s at Chestermere Lake featuring movies taken by Bert Linder, cabin owner.  Powerpoint presentation 2021 The Lazy Crazy Days of Summer at Chestermere 1950s 1960s Video footage here. 

The Blackfoot Trail July 27th 2021 ( part of Historic Calgary Week) – Eileen McElroy – no recording was made. 

The Steam Bicycle – July 27th 2021 ( part of Historic Calgary WeekTodd McBride – no recording was made 

The Shepard Slough System and Klein Park –  16 November 2021 –  Eileen McElroy and Jen Peddlesden ( recording HERE

The History of Chestermere High School – December 20th 2021 – Don Deeter  Recording HERE  

The UFA Government – Tuesday January 18th 2022 – Kay Clarke – recording  link HERE 

The Lost Chestermere Mammoth Tooth –  Tuesday February 15th  2022 – Doreen Masran and Dee Ernst ( Recording found HERE) 

The Chestermere Streetcar line and the Pre-War Property Boom –  Tuesday April 19th  2022 Eileen McElroy ( Recording found HERE

The History of Lakeside Golf Course – Tuesday May 17th 2022 with Joe Samulenok, Allan Maillot, and Warren Smandych  (Recording found HERE

Ten Historic Sites in Chestermere and their Stories -for Seniors Week June 2022 presented at Whitecappers 55+ Centre. Tues June 7th – PowerPoint program Part 1  Part 2   Part 3 Part 4  ( a lot of photos ) 

Historic Calgary Week Tuesday July 26th – The Missing Chestermere Mammoth Tooth ( ( See Feb 15th ) and Friday July 29th Michael Hooper presented The History of the Calgary Yacht Club. (Yacht Club program recording and details to be loaded soon.) 

Made Beaver – The Currency of the Fur Trade – Todd Mc Bride, Tuesday October 18th.  Program notes Made Beaver – Currency of the Fur Trade 18 Oct 2022 Todd Mc Bride  Article with interview of Todd, from Rocky View Times here. 

Chestermere at War – Tuesday November 15th – Kay Clarke and Family.  See the PowerPoint here War in chestermere 15 Nov 2022 by Kay Clarke Part 1  (War in chestermere 15 Nov 2022 by Kay Clarke Part 2 and War in chestermere 15 Nov 2022 by Kay Clarke Part 2a)  and text here Talk for War in Chestermere  Kay was interviewed by the Rocky View Times, that article can be read here.  Page A12 

Horses and Mules in WWI- Tuesday May 16th 2023 – by Samantha Lemna – No pdf available. 

Trails, Roads and Rails to Chestermere  –  August 1, 2023. at CRCA  by Eileen McElroy as part of Historic Calgary Week 2023. 

The Story of Camp Chestermere  – Tuesday November 21, 2023 by Doreen Masran. 

Dairying in Chestermere –  by Kay Clarke – Tuesday February 20th 2024. 


‘A Day in the Life’– history for elementary school children. 

In 2007-2008 Audrey McDonald was invited by teacher Denise Weaver at Prairie Waters Elementary to speak of stories of early days in Chestermere.  Audrey used artifacts and a photo presentation, the kids were able to handle the artifacts and make butter.

Every spring and fall, since about 2012, local elementary  schools contact CHF to present the program “A Day in the Life” about what life would have been like for a  child living on a farm when Chestermere was first a farming community. The first request came to Audrey Mc Donald from a colleague at Prairie Waters Elementary.   Several talks were done by Audrey to the elementary students in the early days of CHF’s formation, she brought guests and artifacts to the school.

Photo below of Kay Clarke who designed the present program being used, ” A Day in the Life” and here she is presenting at Prairie Waters Elementary with table of artifacts which children are able to handle.   Click-here  to see more on this story. 

This photo is of the program which Audrey Mc Donald organized June 2013 at Prairie Waters School.  Pictured are former Mayor Bill Porter, Audrey Mc Donald, Jen Peddlesden, Kay Clarke and teacher Janice Cook with some of the artifacts which were shown to the children as each of the presenters spoke.  You can read the Chestermere Anchor Article here.

Kay Clarke speaking to Prairie Water Elementary students " A day in the life" program Sept 2015

Butter Churning with Tasting Sept 10 2022 Country Fair 

Hundreds of crackers with a taste of freshly churned butter were  distributed on Saturday Sept 10th at the 33rd Chestermere Country Fair.  Look forward to this event coming back next year! 

Membership Display
Firetruck display right and household/school left
Very popular phone and typewriter display
Gathering eggs, butter pounder, cream separator, potato ricer, butter churn

Grade Three in 1939

In the spring of 2012 when  two long time Chestermere residents, Joyce McElroy and Lorraine Gillespie, presented their stories of what it was like to be in Grade 3, in 1939 to Prairie Waters students.  An important part of the story was Lorraine telling about seeing the King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth. Their daughters, Elizabeth (our present Queen) and Margaret, did not visit. Every student received a commemorative medal. See photos to right and the dialogue they used for the presentations to Prairie Waters School.  You can read an Anchor article about the first visit these fine women made in 2012 here.  And their second 2014 visit here. 

Their visit was transcribed and that document can be found here  Joyce McElroy Lorraine Gillespie 31 Jan 2012 and 15 Jan 2014 The many wonderful questions from the youngsters are at the end of the document. 

Moving on…

Since 2012 Chestermere Historical Foundation has been visiting the other Rocky View Elementary Schools in Chestermere to present “A Day in the Life” to show Grade 1-3 children what it was like to live on a Chestermere farm in the early days of settlement in this area.  Click here for the dialogue talk School program gr 2-4  to go with the photos below. 

And for the older students…

In May of 2015 Bill and Jen Peddlesden, Kay Clarke and Ray Blanchard presented at CLMS Grade 7 students as part of ‘Chestermere Know it All’  on the reasons why Chestermere has become a city;  Social, Political, Demographic and Economic.  The students then presented to City Council how they thought Chestermere could be come an even better city.  Read the article here.   

And on Nov 5 2015 Jen, Kay and Ray reprised their talks including all of those topics to the Grade 5 class at East Lake School.  (photo of Kay Clarke below right and 3 more photos below) 

And Ray Blanchard returned on December 6th 2016 to speak to a French Immersion Grade 5 science class at East Lake on ecosystems, nature, wetlands and the oil industry. (photo below left) Ray attended one of the first French Immersion schools in Winnipeg. 

(photo above right) March 18 2016   Bill Peddlesden presented to Mrs. Aja Cole’s class on immigration as part of the Grade 9  Social Studies program at Chestermere Lake Middle School.  

Other programs for students…

         In 2018, a new venue, CRCA Day Camps August 7th and 8th – CHF did two programs, one on the history of the lake and the Calgary Yacht Club, and another A Day in the Life with homemade butter and other special presentations. ( see photos below)  

Programs Presented by Aspen Crossing

As part of the fundraising to restore the 1952 firetruck, CHF hosted two Dessert Theatres November 2013 and 2014. Read more about the truck here.

Lucille and Kay in costume
Collage of the three War Brides who attended
Gail Whitford and Cast
Staff from Scotia Bank
Chestermere Historical Foundation
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