Farmers restore Canadian war bomber

‘We didn’t know it was impossible, so we did it,’ say Fairview farmers who restored Canso PBY-5A airplane

FAIRVIEW, Alta. — Dreams took flight June 18 for six farmers from Fairview and for a community of volunteers who shared in their vision. The Canso PBY-5A soared that day for the first time in 16 years, the last nine of them spent in restoration. As one of only 13 Canso aircraft still listed as […] Read more

History book closes on lost sports star

PILOT MOUND, Man. — An international hunt has ended with proof that once-famous Scottish and Liverpool Football Club player John Walker is buried in this Manitoba community on the edge of a rural cemetery, marked only by his name and the dates he lived on a plain gravestone. It helps fill in missing details of the […] Read more

Former farm worker keeps university’s ag history alive

EDMONTON — The big cream-coloured hip roofed barn on the University of Alberta’s south campus has housed pigs, dairy cattle, elk, rabbit, moose and yak. Now it holds the history of agriculture. Along the walls are pictures of winning show cattle and horses, an old X-ray machine for sheep research, horse harness, grain sorters, tack […] Read more

Where once were racoons, a museum shall rise

Fundraising is underway to move the Wrentham elevator, still in working order after 90 years

WRENTHAM, Alta. — Ogilvie elevator No. 156 has a kind of settled dignity as it squats along this hamlet’s once proud elevator row. The 90-year-old dowager is showing its age, but if efforts by the Ogilvie Wooden Grain Elevator Society are successful, it may find new life and refurbishment at the Galt Historic Railway Park […] Read more

Learning about past through food

It’s not Christmas unless there’s food on the table, and Amy Jo Ehman’s new book has some interesting dishes to include. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, Ehman’s second book, pieces together Saskatchewan’s history from the 1870s to 1920s with food from Metis, First Nations and European homesteaders. “To me, it’s a story of Saskatchewan’s early […] Read more

Historic agricultural fair building refurbished

Dominion Exhibition Display Building No. II | It is one of the few remaining buildings from the Dominion fair era in Canada

Visitors almost needed welding helmets to look directly at the four silver domes and gleaming white walls of Dominion Exhibition Display Building No. II on a brilliant but chilly day in early April. The roof, walls and windows look fully refurbished after years of renovations on the building, which was built in Brandon in 1913 […] Read more

Aboriginal rock art offers look into past

Ancient images carved on weathered rock gaze over the meandering river, its green banks lined with a fairytale landscape of eroded cliffs and whimsically sculpted hoodoos. Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park has two claims to fame: the largest collection of aboriginal rock art on the North American Great Plains and an unusual and delightful prairie landscape. The […] Read more

Stelmach home represents pioneer life

ELK ISLAND, Alta. — Former Alberta premier and agriculture minister Ed Stelmach said it was a “good feeling of remembrance” as he watched his grandparents’ home move from his Andrew farm to its new location at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Stelmach’s grandparents came to Canada with 12 other families from the same village in […] Read more

Bone-rattling rides never felt so good

WETASKIWIN, Alta. — The 1912 Rumley Oilpull clunked, rattled and shook across the mowed field, but Jovan Kvill said the 100-year-old tractor was not the roughest tractor he’s driven. That honour goes to a small Moline Universal, where the driver’s seat hangs out the back end, tossing and jerking the driver the entire ride. The […] Read more

Teacher turns new page on native studies in schools

A Project of Heart initiative that netted a teacher national attention started with one student. Sylvia Smith, along with her Grade 10 class, was studying residential schools. For at least one student, the history of the institutions and their lasting impact on Aboriginals in Canada was new. Finding the textbook inadequate, Smith said the student […] Read more