Welcome to the Central Alberta Historical Society (CAHS)

We are a bunch of history geeks with various backgrounds and of various ages and stages. We host a speaker series on subjects of local and provincial interest, promote and publish historical works, develop educational and programming activities related to Alberta history, and have a lot of fun at all of this! We’d love to have you on Board, or as a member. Membership in the Society helps us be the best we can be!


The Central Alberta Historical Society is mourning the passing of esteemed lifetime member Don Hepburn.

Don was a leader in Central Alberta heritage preservation and historical inquiry and knowlege. His many awards are a testament to his tireless dedication to causes he espoused and projects to which he devoted his time and his heart. Most recently, Don recieved an honourary doctorate in Sacred Letters from St. Stephen’s College for his work in uncovering the hidden histories of Indigegenous children who attended the Red Deer Industrial School. Many of these children died at the school and were buried in unmarked graves. Don and his colleague, Lyle Keewatin Richards, who also recieved an honourary doctorate in Sacred Letters, spent years tracking down the records pertaining to these children, and finding their surviving family members. Working with Elders to plan the appropriate ceremonies, the children and their families were honoured in sacred and traditional ways.

In recent years, Don was recognized with a City of Red Deer Heritage Preservation Award; Red Deer College’s G.H. Dawe award; and as a “heritage hero” by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

Don was a mentor and hero to many, and will be sadly missed.

BOARD VACANCY: We still have a vacancy for Treasurer on our Board. This is not a particularly onerous postion as we do not have complicated operations, and all books and accounts are kept up to date and audited annually. The outgoing Treasurer has prepared a short written guide for the treasurer’s position and will be happy to meet with a prospective Treasurer to go over the details. If you would like more information, please call 403-304-0742.

Did you know you can buy or renew your membership online? It’s true!! Just go to the membership link below. 

CAHS Publications can be ordered here on the website (click on ‘Publications’ at the top). A selection of books is available at our Speaker Series evenings, and sometimes we even have flash sales! For information about publications, please contact Bill at williamcmackary@gmail.com

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