CHAPS Cochrane Historical Museum
Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society
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
Through the eyes of its settlers, ranchers and farmers;
the service and supply businesses, the educators and more.
We’re starting of series of blogs based on the 2005 The Live Stories Programme: 100 Stories for 100 Years produced by Barry Thorson and Lone Wolf Theatre Company. CHAPS has had the source material in our archives for years. There are some really interesting stories of Cochrane that we want to share. The first video
Did you know Cochrane had Motorcycle Hill-Climbing in the 1930’s. Just like today, people from Calgary liked to visit Cochrane. One of the popular activities was Hill-Climbing. We’re looking for photos on those races. Thanks to Deeley Exhibition for providing this image. For more on Hill-Climbing visit their site at https://deeleyexhibition.ca/brief-history-hill-clim Will Pratt supplied these images
This news from the Glenbow inspires me. We have so many photos in our archives with few or no details. I’m sure it’s within the collective memory of our members so we need to record it. This is one of our goals when we open our photo archives; to record peoples memories. Goto
CHAPS is planning next years fundraisers. We need your help with that process. Please take 2 minutes and complete this survey. We are looking at the number and timing of fundraisers, location, meals, content and cost. We are looking for our supporters opinions so please take a couple of minutes and help us out. Survey
We’d like to thank the generous local firms that sponsored our silent auction. This years’ Fall Fund-Raiser was a success. These individuals and firms contribute to the cultural fabric of our area and keep the history alive. Search: Sponsors Arlene Hepburn Boston Pizza Canadian Tire COBS Bread Bakery Daves Dry Cleaning Fountain Tire Gayle Want