Lydia Graham, then Mayor of Cochrane and Anne Richardson, an interested resident of the town, instigated the idea of establishing an historical association in Cochrane. In July of 1999 a meeting was held at which time the name of the group, Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society, was decided upon. By the end of July, 1999 CHAPS received its corporate number making it an official Society. In August of 2007, CHAPS became an official charitable organization.
The logo for the group was designed by John Thomson. The logo depicts the corner of a building with a brick foundation and clapboard siding. Brickyards played a very important role in the early history of the town and, initially, many of the buildings were small, wooden clapboard shacks.
Meetings are held monthly on the THIRD Wednesday at the Cochrane Historical Museum in the Cochrane Ranche Site. Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING is held on the third Wednesday of every September.