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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein; Pat Hogan or Marje Wing 

Coming Presentations 

Friday, October 11

Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend

Fran Genereux will talk about her book Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend. This is the life story of Bertha Ekelund (Marshall), Fran’s great aunt, collected from letters, photos, family stories and historical records. Bertha lived her life on her own terms making decisions both good and bad, often with unexpected consequences. Fran will describe Bertha’s journey which included a childhood of tragedy and poverty in southern Alberta, a job in Portland Oregon during the roaring 20’s and the great depression, a career as a nurse at Los Gatos, California, as well as a year at the Fort Saskatchewan penitentiary. Anyone familiar with the popular Bertha Lake hiking trail in Waterton Lakes National Park has already been introduced to Bertha.

Fran was born in Alberta and raised on a cattle ranch in the south west corner of the province. Graduating from the University of Alberta, she spent most of her career in Calgary as a teacher and counsellor. Now retired, she is pursuing new interests such as travel and writing.

 When: Friday
 Date: October 11
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: cSpace

Friday, November 8

A Calgary Soldier's Story

Joseph Augustin Convery is not a name that many of us have heard before.  He is one of the soldiers who is commemorated each November with a marker in Calgary’s Field of Crosses.  Like many of the others who we remember each year Joseph was an ordinary man who was thrust into extraordinary circumstances – the horror of World War I.

It has been said that history may well be a series of stories we tell about the past.  By and large, the stories are about famous men and celebrated events.  This story is a story about one of the forgotten, the everyday, the common man.   He was lured to Calgary from the slums of Belfast by the chance for a better life for his family, only to find himself serving his new country in World War I.  His story is one of courage and daring, even more so because he was just one of us.

 As well as hearing our soldier’s story, we will learn about some of the resources available for researching people and places and some of the tricks to use to find even the most elusive ancestor.

Christine Hayes is a genealogist and history nerd who works in the Calgary’s Story area at the new Central Library.  Her work includes outreach to schools with the Lest We Forget program in which high school students are introduced to the adventure of primary source research using military records in order to commemorate the everyday men and women who served their country.

 Date:    Friday, November 8, 2019
 Time:    1:00 – 3:00
 Place:  Room 310, cSpace

Past Presentations 

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