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Calgary Stampede & Exhibition and the Pioneer Shack
Pioneers of Alberta had a great part to play in establishing in 1884 the Calgary and District Agricultural Society, which is now known as the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited (CES). In 1923, as a memorial to the Old Timers, the SAPD built on the Exhibition Grounds a replica of an authentic Old Timers' cabin, which was known as the "Old Timers' Shack".
In 1955, to celebrate Alberta's 50th anniversary, with the financial assistance of the Rotary Club of South Calgary, the CES replaced the pioneer shack with a modern log building (Rotary House) which was dedicated to the pioneers of Southern Alberta. The SAPD, at the request of the CES, installed in Rotary House certain artifacts of the SAPD which are on loan to the CES. The, SAPD have use of Rotary House during Stampede week to entertain pioneers, their descendants and guests. See details about Parade Breakfast and Pioneer Tea on our Events Calendar.
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.
In 1990, SAPD entered a float in the Stampede Parade. SAPD arranged for two postcards, courtesy of the Glenbow Museum Archives, of photographs of the first Stampede Parade taken by Milward Marcel in 1912 to be enlarged to 10' by 20'. The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Company had brought Mr. Marcel from San Francisco to photograph Stampede events.
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 600+ 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.
Research and Publications
Joan and Clarence Davis, members of our organization have recorded the 1891 Alberta census which used to be posted on the Alberta Family History Society website. There are over 11,000 names on the census. As we have researched only approximately 2,000 names of pioneers so far, we have a lot of work to do.
The SAPD has published or assisted in the publication of: