The Mandate of the Central Alberta Historical Society is
a) to encourage the study and application of the history of Alberta
b) to operate as a chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta
c) to support the aims and objectives of the Historical Society of Alberta; and
d) to promote and publish historical works, develop edtuactionsl programming activities relative to Alberta history, and to foster social and fund-raising activities to encourage membership in the Society and the performance of its objects.
OBJECTIVES (PURPOSES) OF THE ORGANIZATION
The Objectives of the Society shall be
a) to advance education by providing structured educational workshops to the public on the subject of the history of Alberta
b) to advance education by publishing works related to the history of Alberta and to make the documents available through its website
c) to undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the above mentioned charitable purposes.
The formation of the Central Alberta branch of the Historical Society of Alberta on January 26, 1995, at the Red Deer and District Museum and Archives, was the culmination of correspondence with the Historical Society and the preliminary plans made by a steering committee chaired by Allan Armstrong.
The founding executive of the new chapter, with members from Bowden, Heisler, Sylvan Lake and Red Deer, consisted of President Allan Armstrong, Vice President Florence Edginton, Secretary Morris Flewwelling, Treasurer Bill Bolze and Directors Jean Bridge, Amy von Heyking, George Braithwaite, Kevin Majeau, Ron Williams, Dr. Robert Lampard, and Gordon Caton.
The geographical boundaries of the Central Alberta Historical Society are Ponoka to the north, Olds to the south, and the provincial boundaries to the east and west.
The CAHS focusses on local and Alberta history and tries to present a well rounded roster of topics.
An integral part of the CAHS identity is its highly successful series of annual spring bus tours, originally organized and directed by Terry and Gerry Beauchamp and Joan and Don Hepburn. The tours have been recognized as a determinant in the growth of CAHS for not only did they bring in money but the enthusiasm generated by the tours enticed many to become members.
More recently, Mark Collings has created “video walking tour maps” that people can use for personal tours, accessing short video presentations on each site on a smart-phone or tablet as the go. The Red Deer Library has also used these map tours and they are available at the Red Deer Museum and Red Deer Tourism too.
Historical Society of Alberta’s AGMs
In the past, the CAHS has hosted three History of Alberta Society‘s AGMs. The 1996 AGM, Planes, Trains and Automobiles; the 2000 AGM, People and Place; and the 2003 AGM, Rivers to Rails and will again in 2013 along with City of Red Deer’s Centennial.