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Calgary's Story

Resources documenting Calgary, southern Alberta, and Western Canada

Bringing the city’s history and heritage to life.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the signing of Treaty 7, Calgary’s boom-and-bust past, exploring your house’s history, who Deerfoot Trail was named after, or what Calgary looked like at the turn of the century, you’ll find the answers in Calgary’s most accessible and browsable collection of community heritage and family history resources.

Visit Calgary's Story, presented by Walt and Irene DeBoni, on Level 4 of Central Library.

Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that the place we now know as Calgary has a deep history. In the spirit of respect and truth, we honour and acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the People of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Nakoda people of the Stoney Nations, the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region Three, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta.

Step into the Spine-Chilling Sanitorium

Can you complete this virtual Halloween escape room, based on the historic Baker Memorial Sanitorium? Using clues from the Library's archives and resources, teens can dig into the history of this tuberculosis sanitorium, which was once located near Bowness Park.

Enter the Escape Room

Inspiring life stories since 1912.

A timeline of important milestones in the Calgary Public Library’s history.

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