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Calgary Heritage Authority: Resources
Heritage Trades - Access Site

Our good friends over at the Calgary Heritage Initiative have put together a great list of heritage trades.
Alberta Masonry Council - Access Site

The Alberta Masonry Council is a not-for-profit association which was incorporated in 2011 by the supplier and installer members of the Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta to promote the use of masonry in Alberta. We set out to improve the longevity of architecture in Alberta through the aesthetic and stable appeal of masonry design. Our Mission: "To promote masonry through education, marketing and technical guidance."
Doors Open YYC - Access Site

Doors Open is a well-established and highly successful international concept that allows people free access to buildings in order to create enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture and increase the appreciation of historic and culturally significant places and spaces. Buildings in all quadrants of the city open their doors – free of charge – to the public and providing special revealing tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. Whether you’re a geek for history, architecture, the environment, art, sports, science or engineering, this is your chance at an insider’s view of Calgary’s vibrant and dynamic cityscape.
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation - Access Site

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF) is the primary source of Government of Alberta funding for heritage projects. AHRF's work is focused on a number of key objectives: providing financial and program support to individuals and organizations engaged in researching, preserving, and promoting greater appreciation for Alberta's heritage; naming geographical features in the province; staging events that support the heritage community; and acting as an appeal body for certain decisions made in Alberta Culture and Tourism.
Heritage Grants & Scholarships - Access Site

The Heritage Preservation Partnership Program provides financial assistance to initiatives that preserve and interpret Alberta's heritage through conservation, heritage awareness, publications and research grants, and scholarships.
Historic Resource Conservation Grants - Access Site

Historic Resource Conservation grants provide project funding for:

  • Conservation of Alberta's historic places
  • Architectural and/or engineering services, studies reports or plans associated with the conservation of the historic place.
  • Matching grants are awarded up to 50% of eligible costs.
City of Calgary – Historic Resource Conservation Grant Program - Access Site

The City of Calgary Historic Resource Conservation Grant Program provides financial incentives for the restoration, preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties in Calgary.

To be eligible, a property must be listed on the City's Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources and be protected by a City of Calgary bylaw as a Municipal Historic Resource, or in the process of being protected.

Applicants are eligible every 15 years for up to 50% of approved conservation costs up to a maximum of 15% of a property's assessed value (assessed value at the time of application). Applicants are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada - Access Site

The Standards & Guidelines are the first-ever pan-Canadian benchmark for heritage conservation practice in this country. It offers results-oriented guidance for sound decision-making when planning for, intervening on and using historic places. This document establishes a consistent, pan-Canadian set of conservation principles and guidelines that will be useful to anyone with an interest in conserving Canada's historic places.
Calgary Heritage Initiative (CHI) - Access Site

The Calgary Heritage Initiative Society is dedicated to the preservation, productive use and interpretation of buildings and sites of historic and architectural interest in Calgary.
The National Trust for Canada - Access Site

The National Trust for Canada is a national charity that inspires and leads action to save historic places, and promotes the care and wise use of our historic environment. Our sites, projects and programs enhance community and quality of life and inspire Canadians to identify, conserve, use, celebrate and value their heritage buildings, landscapes, natural areas and communities for present and future generations.
Chinook Historical Society - Access Site

The objective of the Chinook Country Historical Society is "to promote a greater understanding of Canadian and Alberta history in Chinook Country for people of all ages."
National Sites and Monuments Board of Canada - Access Site

The mandate of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada is to advise the Government of Canada, through the Minister of the Environment, on the commemoration of nationally significant aspects of Canada's history.

Following a thorough evaluation process and recommendation by the Board, the Minister declares the site, event or person of national historic significance.
Fort Calgary - Access Site

Fort Calgary is operated by the Fort Calgary Preservation Society. The Society's mandate is to preserve, utilize, develop, interpret and promote Fort Calgary for the benefit of the citizens and visitors to the city of Calgary.

The Society is governed by a Board consisting of members from the community. The City of Calgary owns all of Fort Calgary's assets, Fort Calgary is operated as an autonomous body, separate from The City of Calgary.
Heritage Park - Access Site

Heritage Park Historical Village first opened its gates on July 1, 1964. Since opening its doors, the Park has grown into one of Calgary's premier tourist attractions and one of North America's largest and most successful living history museums. Throughout the year, guests have the opportunity to interact with nearly 100 years of history. Heritage Park's exhibits span the early 1860s fur trade to the petroleum and automobile-dominated 1950s. It is the Park's mission to preserve the history of the early West and to educate and entertain guests of all ages for many generations to come.
City of Calgary Heritage Planning - Access Site

Calgary Heritage Planning identifies, protects and manages Calgary's Historic Resources and are guided by the Calgary Heritage Strategy and in accordance with Heritage Evaluation Procedures and criteria.
Glenbow Archives - Access Site

The Glenbow Archives, Canada's largest non-governmental archival repository, has extensive holdings of unpublished documents and photographs related to the history of Western Canada.

The Glenbow Library and Archives offers the following:

  • Personal papers: diaries, letters, family albums
  • Genealogy, especially Métis
  • Historic photographs: 90,000 online and many more in-house
  • School attendance registers and yearbooks
  • Newspapers and newspaper clippings from Calgary and rural communities.
City of Calgary – Corporate Records and Archives - Access Site

Corporate Records, Archives was established in 1981 April with a limited mandate. It was a part of the Archives and Records Division of the City Clerk's Department, which was under the direction of The City's first Archivist.

The City of Calgary, Corporate Records and Archives offers the following:

  • Records created by the municipal government of The City of Calgary, including records pertaining to building history and land use history research
  • A Guide to Researching Building History
  • Records of the Organising Committee of the XV Olympic Winter Games (OCO '88)
  • Records of elected officials – mayors and aldermen
  • Departmental annual reports
  • Municipal handbooks from 1913
Calgary Public Library – Local History Room - Access Site

Our local history collection brings the city's history and heritage to life and celebrates Calgary, Southern Alberta and early Western Canada's unique stories. Whether you're interested in Calgary's boom-and-bust past, exploring your house's history, who Deerfoot Trail was named after, what Calgary looked like at the turn of the century or where your great-grandparents lived, you'll find the answers in Calgary's most accessible, browsable collection of community heritage and family history resources.

  • Directories (Henderson's Calgary 1906-1991), phone books (Calgary 1903-present) and voters lists (1912-1971)
  • Books, pamphlets, biographical files and extensive building files
  • Southern Alberta newspapers including the Calgary Herald (1884 - present)
  • All available Canadian census returns on microfilm
  • Postcards, memorabilia, theses, yearbooks, maps, magazines, photographs and audiovisual material.
Provincial Archives of Alberta - Access Site

The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) acquires, preserves and publicly makes available records from government, individual people and organizations for researchers of all ages.

Discover a piece of Alberta's past, find a lost relative or donate your own records and leave your mark on Alberta's history. The doors are open for you to see Alberta in a different way.

Our vaults hold millions of documented historical facts, photos, films and other records about Alberta's past. Whether you are a seasoned genealogist or a student researching your next project, we have the resources and staff to point you in the right direction.
Canadian Architectural Archives – University of Calgary - Access Site

The Canadian Architectural Archives (CAA) was established in 1974 as a joint venture between the University of Calgary Library and the Faculty of Environmental Design. With a mandate to collect the works of twentieth century Canadian architects, the Archives has emphasized the documentation of the total output of architectural firms in an attempt to provide an accurate historical profile. Collections may consist of drawings, project files, correspondence, slides, photographs, aperture cards, oral history tapes and transcripts, and architectural models.
Century Homes Calgary - Access Site

Century Homes Calgary highlights and celebrates our built heritage through a city-wide celebration of homes constructed during Calgary's first building boom.
Edmonton Heritage Council - Access Site

The Edmonton Heritage Council was founded in 2009 to give voice to the city’s memory. Through advocacy, grants, initiatives and programming, the Edmonton Heritage Council provides both a voice and a platform to Edmonton’s heritage community, and stimulates the interest of Edmontonians in their own heritage.