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Almost everyone in Canada has an immigration story in their family’s past. This is the story of my great-grandparents and grandparents, leaving England to start new lives in Manitoba in the 1880’s and then Alberta before it became a province. Join them for the sea voyage, the railway trip on a colonist car, and the trials and tribulations of homesteading - twice - before settling in Calgary in 1917. Then we’ll learn a bit about life in northeast Calgary through the Armistice, Spanish Flu, Depression and Second World War.

Doug Coats is a native Calgarian and University of Calgary graduate who was first captivated by Calgary history in 1964 when one of his teachers mentioned that you could see the date ‘1888’ in the sandstone of the Alberta Hotel building. A trip downtown confirmed that this was indeed the case. An almost 80 year old artifact was pretty impressive to a kid in Grade 7! Today both Doug and the hotel are a lot older, but still standing.

For over thirty years Doug taught junior high Social Studies, and was privileged to receive the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award. Then he ‘retired’ to become a Senior Interpreter at Heritage Park Historical Village, where he enjoyed sharing Canadian history with people from all over the world. He has recently retired again, to indulge his hobbies of walking, reading, model railroading, and of course Calgary history.

 Date:  Friday, April 16 2021
 Time:  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 Location:  Zoom webinar

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