The Wall Family: Loss & Legacy

Although historians and archaeologists study all aspects of life in the past, grief and loss are not common research topics. However, we can benefit from understanding how others coped with tragedy, since we all eventually suffer the heartache of losing someone close to us. The Wall family once lived in what is today Glenbow Ranch… Continue reading The Wall Family: Loss & Legacy

Wyvona Alexander Lane

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park was once home to many interesting individuals, some of whom went on to accomplish surprising things. Among these former residents was Wyvona Belle Alexander Lane. In 1919, Wyvona’s family moved from Texas to Alberta. Within a year, they were living at Glenbow, where her father, Irwin Alexander, worked as the storekeeper… Continue reading Wyvona Alexander Lane

Book Release!

The official date for the release of Alberta’s Cornerstone: Archaeological Adventures in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is just around the corner. Tuesday, May 3, 2022 is the Big Day!! You can ask for the book at your favourite local bookstore, order it online through !ndigo or Amazon, or attend one of Shari’s upcoming events and… Continue reading Book Release!

Margaret Mole

Food is an important part of holiday celebrations, but do we always appreciate the people who prepare our festive treats? All too often, historical records focus on the wealthy party-goers, while the people working behind-the-scenes are forgotten. This photo from the Vanderhoef collection is a classic example: the notation on the back names the dog,… Continue reading Margaret Mole

Governesses

Unpredictable school schedules are not only a recent phenomena; they were common in the past, too. In particular, rural areas (such as those in today’s Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park) were susceptible to schooling disruptions due to inclement weather, inadequate funding, teacher unavailability, or insufficient student numbers. Some upper-class Glenbow families in the early 1900s avoided… Continue reading Governesses

Ethel / Anna Uphoff

Miss Uphoff wafts briefly through the history of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park like a ghost. She appears out of nowhere, suffers a tragic accident, and then vanishes from the historic record. Even her true name is unknown. On Thursday night, 21 March 1912, Miss Uphoff was travelling with her sister — Nellie — aboard the… Continue reading Ethel / Anna Uphoff

Blytha Copeman Pearkes

Constance Blytha Copeman Pearkes, who was born at Glenbow on 18 March 1902, led “an extraordinary life” due to “her wit, good humour and positive attitude” — and a bit of good luck. In 1900, William and Edith Copeman, left England and purchased Waverley Ranch (now in the centre of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park). During… Continue reading Blytha Copeman Pearkes

Gertrude de la Vergne Tanner

In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, this blog entry features Gertrude de la Vergne. In the 1920s, Gertrude worked to “Break the Bias” (this year’s IWD theme) by proving that women could excel in adventurous new fields. Gertrude was born in New York, but was essentially raised on Glenbow’s Millionaire Hill. She… Continue reading Gertrude de la Vergne Tanner