CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum

CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum is temporarily closed

Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society

Virtual Tour

Learn more about the development of this exciting new exhibit

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.

CHAPS needs a secretary

Duties normally take just 3 hours a month and include: – Main duty is attending meetings and taking minutes doing up agendas. – Keep and update membership list.– Organize and send out AGM notices– Check CHAPS emails and forward to appropriate person– Check CHAPS phone for messages and forward to appropriate person ( not a

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Clarence and Irene Copithorne

Thanks to Donna Jordan Orr who has become a member of CHAPS and gotten involved in research by scanning this article from More Big Hill Country on Irene and Clarence Copithorne. Clarence was the youngest son of Richard and Sophia Georgina (Wills) Copithorne and was born on November 12, 1920 in the little brick hospital

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Vern and Evelyn Lambert

By Evelyn (Beadle) Lambert More Big Hill Country Having started his life in the Munson/Drumheller area, Vern and his brothers Ray and Gordon and their mother Daisy, took up residence in Springbank. Vern attended school in Bowness.  On July 22, 1949, he arrived in the Cochrane area where he went to work with George Harrison

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Norman and Shirley Edge

from More Big Hill Country Beaupre Creek Ranch NE Sec 28 Twp 26 Rge 5 W5M. Big Hill Country continues and the history of the Norman Edge family follows. But first, we must bring you up to date on where we came from. Norman’s mother Margaret (better known as “Peggy”) was born in Grand Valley,

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Ermina Maria Cochrane

Michael Martin, great-great Grandson of Matthew Cochrane recently got in touch with CHAPS President Larry Want. He provided more information on the history of the Cochrane Ranche Company and some details on his lineage. Here is his email to CHAPS. ”One of Senator Cochrane’s daughters (Ermina Maria) married my great-grandfather Charles Cassils in 1876 so

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The Royal Bank of Canada in Cochrane

from More Big Hill Country 1945-1980 The Village of Cochrane had only been in existence for four years when the Union Bank of Canada arrived in 1907 to set up a branch. Frequently referred to as the pioneer bank of Western Canada, the Union Bank followed Canada’s railway across the Prairies and had the distinction

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