Edmonton in Our Own Words

Edmonton in Our Own Words

Book - 2004
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Linda Goyette and Carolina Roemmich have tapped Edmonton's collective memoir, through the written record, the spoken stories and the vast silences. All of the people who ever lived at this bend in the North Saskatchewan took part in creating the city we know as Edmonton. Through traditional aboriginal stories about the earliest travellers along the bend in the river, diaries, archival records and letters of 19th century inhabitants and the recollections of living residents who talk about the emerging city, Edmonton's history is told using the words and stories of the people who have called this city home. Citizens with diverse viewpoints speak for themselves, describing important events in Edmonton's social, political and economic development. The official publication of the City of Edmonton's Centennial, Edmonton In Our Own Words includes many never seen before photographs from private collections, historic maps and a timeline of Edmonton's history. Imagine a conversation between Edmonton's past inhabitants and its living citizens. What would we tell the rest of the world about our place on the map? What stories would we tell with tears in our eyes, or laughter, or pride? In Edmonton In Our Own Words, experience the personal stories of eyewitnesses and descendants explaining, arguing, crying, scolding, laughing and interrupting one another in a city's evolving conversation with itself as Edmonton celebrates its past and future.
Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780888644282
Branch Call Number: 971.2334 GOY 2004 22
Characteristics: xxxviii, 463 p. : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: Roemmich, Carolina Jakeway


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Jun 02, 2014

As a friend put it, "This should be required reading for everyone living in and around Edmonton."

Jan 24, 2013

Great read. Wish more local history was taught at school. Talk to your elders and keep the past alive! Most Canadians think Calgary was the Wild West, but it wasn't even on the map when Edmonton was established in 1795! A gathering place for the cultural exchange, horse racing and celebrations. If Riel had been successful our society would be better integrated and more equitable. Let's keep the discussion going....

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