The Historical Timeline Project


Our historical timeline of approximately 500 entries is nearly complete. We have had some innovating to do with the coding of the software, since the project is so incredibly large in scope. Not only do we have text to accommodate, but also maps, diagrams, historical photos and references. The project accomplishes what no other historical review has done before: it looks at Southern Alberta history through the concurrent lenses of socio-politico-cultural-economic and environmental developments. What happens on the land affects the water – and there are real human stories behind why these decisions were made. Our focus is to highlight the polyphrenia of Southern Alberta and how many of those decisions still resonate with us today. It is only through understanding our past that we can make more conscious, collective decisions about our future.

Scholars, professors, historians, community groups, schools, governments, industry and recreation will benefit greatly from access to this incredible, free resource.

The timeline was conceived, written and researched by Anna Garleff, OWC's Communications Specialist. © Anna Garleff / OWC, 2017

To view the timelines please CLICK HERE

The following is a narrated PowerPoint presentation that was initially given at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs in November, 2016. Simply click the play button in the bottom right corner to listen and view. The presentation outlines how 3 OWC Projects relate: The Film Project, the Collaborative Video Project and the Historical Timeline Project - and brings home why the OWC is putting so much effort into Communications and Outreach. After all, it is Goal #1 of our Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP): "Improve the understanding and strengthen the commitment of residents to the health of the Oldman watershed." (For more about our planning process: CLICK HERE)

Anna would also like to thank: My aunt Gerry Dyck, and my uncle Armin's legacy - their books, fossils and artifacts in the basement started this off - Gerry's encouragement has kept me going Karen Manuel for helping vet software projects and for the many, many hours creating the historical maps Ryan Heavy Head for his encyclopedic knowledge of Blackfoot wisdom and for writing the entries for the earliest of days Kirk Morrison for always being at the other end of the phone with IT magic, much good humour, and a "Yes, sure I can!" answer Elsa Perry for writing the archaeological thread Debby Gregorash for her previous work and publications on irrigation, answering random questions, and for quiet nights at Setaspell Jessica Theoret for organizing the backend of the database and believing it could be done Heather Manuel for editing and proofreading Aries Casteel for getting the data up onto the software Bobbie Fox for assisting with reference checks Anamaria Turuk for initial research into historical photos William Singer III, Debbie Jo Webster, Romy Tittel, Cheryl Bradley, Monica Fields, Knud Peterson and many others for vetting the timeline and providing feedback


Sincere thanks to the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation whose grant made this project possible. In particular Anna would like to thank Carina Naranjilla for her encouragement in the face of our tight deadlines and many overtime hours - your interest in the project is what kept me pushing past midnight to get the applications in!