Monthly Archives: July 2013

Beyond the Bob: 1920s Hairstyles for the Rapunzels Among Us

Listen: ♪ Shall I Have It Bobbed or Shingled? ♪ One of the first challenges I came across when preparing to work as a costumed historical interpreter on 1920s street at Fort Edmonton Park last summer was the issue of hairstyles. Namely, … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures of Banff: A log shouldn’t be this exciting – but this isn’t just any log

I probably shouldn’t have gotten so excited about this hunk of wood. However, if you are a historian of the fur trade – and are interested in the history of Fort Edmonton in particular – you too may have possibly … Continue reading

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Get Your Historical Driver’s Licence Part III: Using Artifacts as Props

Or, Why Motorcars Were Made To Be Driven In my last two posts, I enthused about Fort Edmonton Park’s motorcars, and then explained (more or less) how to go about driving a Ford Model A from 1928. Now, let’s talk about … Continue reading

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Off to the Archives in Edmonton, Calgary, and Banff I go!

It’s time for a historical road trip! Bears in cars are of course entirely optional. Discouraged, in fact. Regardless, I’m about to head off to the airport, the first step of a week long trip to visit archives in Alberta. … Continue reading

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Get Your Historical Driver’s Licence Part II: Behind the Wheel

(Last time: Get Your Historical Driver’s Licence Part I: Motorcars At Fort Edmonton) Now for the question I’m sure you’ve all been thinking: enough talk – so how does one actually go about driving a car from the 1920s? Note: … Continue reading

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Get Your Historical Driver’s Licence Part I: Motorcars At Fort Edmonton

One of the skills that I acquired while a costumed historical interpreter at Fort Edmonton Park that I most like to brag about is my ability to drive historical vehicles. Costumed interpreters learn a lot of interesting skills on the job … Continue reading

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