CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

Cochrane Historical and 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.

Request for Donations for fall fundraiser Nov 17, 18

We need your help. CHAPS fall fundraiser is coming up Nov 17th at the Royal Canadian Legion. We are constructing 5 gift baskets that will go up for bidding. If you can provide a gift card or similar item please contact Lydia Graham at 403-932-2366 or

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School Presentation

This past Wednesday and Thursday 100 students from Grade 2 French immersion classes at Elizabeth Barrett visited the Cochrane Historical Museum. Greeted by Frank Hennessey students learned that the building is over 100 years old, was once the the Davies home and Cochrane’s first hospital. Gordon Davies continued the presentation in French with Jade Lewis’s

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How do you want to get involved in the Community?

Becoming a member of CHAPS is a great way to get involved in the Community. We are currently looking for members to become involved in: Memberships Fundraising Nominating Committee No matter the time you have available, we have a role for you. New members please complete this quick application. We recently sent out membership renewals. 

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Annual General Meeting 2018

We had 18 members attend September 19th. Committees gave an overview of what was accomplished this year.  Museum- About the same numbers through as last year.  Will close September 30.   Grants – Several applied for, Alberta Culture used for shelving, work tables, supplies for archiving, dividers and storage boxes.  Town of Cochrane used to purchase

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Toy Exhibit

The Vintage Toys have been a fun display at the museum this summer. We’re going to keep the display again next year and try to tweek it a little and maybe add a few items. As you’ve been a lender, you have agreed to lend your items until this fall. If you want to let

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