CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society

Beautiful Scenery

Visitors to the CHAPS Museum in Cochrane, Alberta are within an hour’s drive of Banff National Park and the mountain playgrounds west of Calgary that offer year round outdoor activities in a beautiful setting.

Located within The Cochrane Ranche

The Dominion Government incorporated a company in 1881 and it was known as the Cochrane Ranche Company.  (excerpt from Big Hill Country page 155). 

The Museum Building's History

Constructed in 1909 by the Davies family using bricks from the Collin’s Brick Yard. Built to be used as a hospital/nursing home and private residence. Moved to its current site in 2014.

Experience the history of
Canada's West

Through the eyes of its settlers, ranchers and farmers; 

the service and supply businesses, the educators and more.

Cochrane Legacy Statue

March is Women’s History Month. In light of that, I thought I’d research the “Chicken Lady” statue on main street Cochrane. Certainly not a complete list, the friends and families of 40 women had their names added to the base of the statue. The sculptors are Don & Shirley Begg and the statue cast by

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Cochrane 2003 Centennial Calendar

One of the treasures we recently received from Edith Edge is a calendar from not too long ago.  It’s a calendar from Cochrane’s 100th anniversary. Produced by the Centennial Committee assisted by the Town Of Cochrane and CHAPS it contains some fascinating information about our history. We’ll give an overview here and each month display

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Corral by Colin Low – NFB

Darcy Scott found this NFB film and wonders if anyone recognizes locations. Western ballads played on guitar are the only sounds used in this romantic portrait of a cowboy. He rounds up wild horses, lassoing one of the high-spirited animals … — Read on www.nfb.ca/film/corral/

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Recovering from the flood, Looking forward

Our exhibits this summer are really coming together. We cant wait to show you. All our exhibits will reflect how horses impacted the growth of our town. We’re certain well have some facts that you didn’t know. This past year has been a challenge with 2 floods of the Cochrane Ranche. The Museum is put

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Famous Cochrane Horses

Article by: Tim Collard & Mark Boothby This article was published in the Cochrane Times March 4th, 2020 CHAPS exhibits at the Cochrane Historical Museum for the 2020 season will be on the impact of horses on the town and area. From the practical use of horses to horse racing, polo, steeplechase, rodeo and serving

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