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Building Calgary Communities SPEAKER SERIES

Chinook Country Historical Society (CCHS) and the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) are launching a new series of presentations that will highlight the contribution of the many ethnic groups that comprise our city today. Entitled “Building Calgary Communities”, the series will explore the pioneers that came to Calgary to build a new life while enriching our city with the culture of their homeland.

Our objective is to highlight the individuals from these communities that brought their pioneering spirit along with their traditions and beliefs. Why did they come here? What have they contributed to our community? How did they make it easier for others to follow in their footsteps? What imprint has this community left on our city and province?

Events will generally be held on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of January, July and August.

When:first Friday of the month
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW
Facilitator:Pat Hogan
Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. No registration required.

Friday, March 1, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Calgary's Jewish Community

Like other Calgarians of diverse backgrounds, Jews have made notable contributions to city life. Though no more than two per cent of Calgary's population at its peak (one in 50 Calgarians was Jewish in the 1921 and 1941 census years), the community and is members have engaged as fully as possible with the broader population through business, arts and culture, military service, politics, public school, and membership in service organizations. Join historian Harry Sanders, a board member of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, for an illustrated talk on the history of Jewish Calgary.

Presenter: Harry Sanders

Photo Courtesy of H. Sanders

Friday, April 5, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Italian Immigration to Calgary 1900 - 1970

The look at the history of Italian Immigration to Calgary. Italians came to Calgary and Alberta in three main wave, pre-WWI, post WWI and post WWII. The presentation will look at where the immigrants came from, why they came, where they settled and how they contributed to the history of Calgary.

Presenter: Antonella Fanella, author of With Heart and Soul: Calgary’s Italian Community

 Banff in Winter Pisa Calgary Tower

Past Presentations

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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