Initiatives

Stampede Parade

Yearly, the SAPD have participated in the Stampede Parade since it's beginning in 1912. Decked out in authentic old-time regalia they rode horses or in Red River carts, wagons and rigs. Eight of these rigs have been restored and are presently on view at the Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston, Alberta.


Historical Photo Display

The SAPD have had a display at the Stampede since 1999. The original display involved some of the carriages that were part of the SAPD's collection. The display has evolved over time and, since 2004, has been a photo display drawn from the SAPD's archives of 1000+ digitized photos of historical significance. In recent years, the display has also included a vehicle from the Remington Carriage Museum. The photo display and the antique carriage have proven to be of interest to many Stampede visitors.

In addition to the annual Calgary Stampede Display, SAPD have organized a "Mini-display" of 144 eight by ten photos mounted on four, tri-fold panels and several easels displaying larger images. This display has been set up at many locations over the years.

SAPD anticipates extending the number and diversity of locations in which the display will travel.


Opening Our Doors

SAPD participates in a number of community outreach initiatives.


Jane's Walk Calgary - Walking tour cancelled due to Covid-19

Walking has become the perfect pandemic activity for many.

Whether you walk for the health benefits, to complete a "fake commute" before you begin your at-home workday, or simply to leave your house or essential workplace and be in nature - this year for Jane's Walk, we encourage you to check out NEW routes and FRESH ideas for turning your ordinary walk/cycle/roll into your own Jane's Walk adventure.

For resources to explore Historic Calgary see Jane's Walk


Historic Calgary Week

Coordinated by the Chinook Country Historical Society, the annual Historic Calgary Week is 11 days of walks, talks and tours celebrating the history of Calgary and region held in late July-early August each year.


Pioneers Digital Memory Project

The Southern Alberta Pioneers and their Descendants (SAPD) has had a long tradition of capturing and recording photos, documents, voices and physical artifacts in order:

The Pioneers Digital Memory Project seeks to extend this ongoing effort into the digital realm.

Beginning in 2015, a number of initiatives began to convert content to make more historical information available online.

Future Initiatives may include: