CHAPS President Larry Want presents the Heritage Award to Janette Whittle for “Grannies Dishes”.
Honourable Mention went to Annabelle Denson for “In the Old Day’s”.
Bighill Creek Floods Cochrane Museum – Cochrane Eagle
— Read on www.cochraneeagle.com/article/bighill-creek-floods-cochrane-museum-20190328
Fast-moving flood waters filled the basement of the Cochrane Museum over the weekend, causing damages that are expected to cost the historical society that runs the place all of its reserve funds.
— Read on globalnews.ca/news/5104685/cochrane-museum-flood/
Melting and subsequent ice blockage along Bighill Creek has caused extensive flooding in the Cochrane Ranche area, damaging the Cochrane Museum.The Cochrane Historical and Archival Preservation Society were alerted to the flooding late night on March 23.
— Read on www.cochranetimes.com/news/local-news/museum-damaged-in-ranche-flood
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— Read on cochranenow.com/local/rolling-up-sleeves-to-clean-up-flood-aftermath
Aileen Copithorne talks about the freedom experienced growing up in Cochrane. CHAPS Cochrane has a YouTube Channel with over 40 interesting stories of Cochrane.
Aileen Davies grew up in Cochrane in the home that is now the Cochrane Historical Museum.
She has many stories of growing up in a small town.
She tells a story of biking with friend, Dorothy Reed when Mr O’Keefe, the Bank Manager once offered them ride to 12 Mile Coulee to watch the Stampede Fireworks. They left their bikes behind Andisons’ store. Not thinking that fireworks were after dark they didn’t get home until late. Both parents had searched river and creek areas looking for them. “Our parents were so glad to see us we didn’t get in too much trouble.”
“Dorothy and I had stick horses which we rode over the hill to the brickyard. We also had stilts made by uncle Jack. The family across the road had tall stilts and used to sit on roof of house across the street just to watch people. Their name was Kinsley.”
Aileen went to school in brick school that used to be where Holy Spirit currently sits. She remembers looking south one day to see the Brushy Ridge fire. Students were glued to the windows and the smoke was horrendous.
“I was the lone graduate in my class of grade 12. It was very lonely in high school.” She had classmates in earlier grades but they did not stick it out to Grade 12.
“School was very regimented. Our Principal had a hand bell to call us back to class. If you didn’t behave you got hit with the bell. We used to have to line up girls then boys and march into school.”
“Cochrane used to be divided into east side and west side. You didn’t have friends from the other side of town. You visited the other side if you had relatives but there was little mixing. Many homes in Cochrane had barns behind them for horses and carriages. Homes had large gardens.” Aileen remembers Auntie Annie feeding a lot of men when they got off the train with food from the garden and from local chickens.
She attended a very rigorous 3 year Nursing program at Calgary General. “The first year you felt basically a slave, we were paid $6.00 per month, had no days off, had to attend lectures from Doctors during our off time and had a 10 PM curfew. Year 3 you were a Senior and had more freedom.” Occasionally she came home on the midnight train. The uniform was black stockings, striped blue and white dress, with apron and bib with white hat. “The stockings were terrible.”
Since the train used to stop in Cochrane it was used to get into Calgary.
Aileen married John Copithorne and moved to their family place that originally sat where Gleneagles Golf Course currently is.
Aileen tells a story about John’s dad when driving their first tractor. He ran it through a fence into McPherson’s. When asked about his accident he said he hollered “Whoa but the damn thing didn’t stop”.
Aileen says they were lucky to grow up in Cochrane in an uncomplicated time.
I will update this post after doing further research. Right now, we want to get this request out.
We want to share our “Why” with you. I prefer to have other peoples perspectives but I’ll share a couple of my own first.
In the next year, I want to interview a number of our volunteers and get their perspective on being involved in CHAPS. Stay tuned.
I hope you are asking yourself how I can help. I have a few ideas that don’t cost a lot of your time or money.
We have to say thanks:
CHAPS has always accepted donations to support the Museum, Historical Signs and other projects we have. All of our projects are listed under the Activities option on our website. We’ve just modernized that process.
Facebook and Paypal have offered their services at no cost to registered charities like CHAPS. We receive 100% of your donation.
This Facebook Fundraiser will run until the end of March. We’re already well on our way to our goal. Why not help us exceed it?
Thanks to everyone who has donated and shared our Fundraiser.
The second way to donate is to use the yellow Donate button you see on the right of this image or on the top right of this page. Clicking this button will take you to Paypal and you have the option of using a credit card or Paypal to make a donation.
And as Arlene says the Museum is the perfect setting for Christmas. She’s right, it was lovely.
We had a full house, shared stories, snacks, refreshments and enjoyed each others company. The puzzles of historic homes were fun.
Thanks to Shannon, Gayle, Larry, Ed and everyone else who setup and provided snacks.
CHAPS wishes everyone a joyful, peaceful, loving and Merry Christmas.
Our gift to you are some memories of Historic Cochrane from our new Youtube site.
Please Subscribe and Like our Youtube channel. Look for this button in Youtube.
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 to our Activities page for more details on our Photo Archive event.
Here’s is the Glenbow story about recovering the people and circumstances from one of their photos.
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.
|COBS Bread Bakery|
|Daves Dry Cleaning|
|Global Pet Foods|
|Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar|
|Cochrane Panda Flowers|
|Schooners on First|
|Sobeys Liquor Cochrane|
|Vinestone Wine Co.|
About 90 members and friends of CHAPS attended the Annual Fall Fundraiser at the Royal Canadian Legion #15 for an evening of great food, entertainment, and chance to catchup with local friends and neighbors. Live entertainment by Charlotte Burrell, 2 short films by Jade Lewis and silent auction were enjoyed by all.
While we were out talking to people about support for the Fall Fund-Raiser Dinner we realized a need for a media page where certain logos, images and videos are available for download. Check it out.
We just added an events page to keep you up to date. Check it out
Improvements to the website are on-going.
An addition, long overdue is a recognition page for those Individuals and Companies that keep us going. Words are hardly enough so we want to express our thanks publicly.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Jade Lewis has been operating the Cochrane Historical Museum for the last several years. View our hours here. https://chapscochrane.com/about/ Private viewing can also be arranged during off season months. Follow the above link for directions.
The number of visitors this year has remained constant. The number of visitors from outside of Canada was nearly 230 people. Not surprisingly 61 came from the US. However, CHM had visitors from a total of 25 countries including Central & South America, Europe, and the Far East.
As we close out our 2017-2018 Year end, I want to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the achievements CHAPS has made through the course of this past year. In thanking all of CHAPS volunteers and members for your enthusiasm, participation and support throughout this past year. I hope you all take pride in all that we have accomplished together for CHAPS and the Town of Cochrane. The 2017-2018 year end was a hallmark one for CHAPS and it would not have been possible without all of you.
CHAPS continually assists and participates in many local and regional events, such as Downtown Cochrane Walking Tours, the Family Fun Heritage Festival, The Cochrane Art Show and Inter-active meetings with the Bearspaw Historical Society.
Our returning summer student, Jade Lewis, produced another short impressive historical feature film entitled A Rainy Royal Visit”.
Jade exhibited more confidence, passion, enthusiasm and a proactive attitude in making The Cochrane Historical Museum even more successful this year.
An essential and important fun social event for many local residents are our biannual Spring and Fall fundraising dinners. Other successful sources of fundraising during the past year included the Alberta Gaming Casino, The Town of Cochrane, The Canada 150 Grant, The Cochrane Foundation, The Bow Rivers Edge Campground and The Cochrane Legion.
Special thanks to Mark Boothby and David Millican for using their imaginative use of social media, web projects and Facebook to bring CHAPS into the 21st Century. Museum websites provide facilities to global connectivity. Social media is an opportunity to “tell our story”, engage with supporters and get results. This social communication strategy will assist CHAPS in meetings its goals of community engagement and education, recruitment and fundraising.
What kind of museum do we want for our future?
We need to create a museum where people want to come and actually get experience. This means we need to be innovative and imaginative to be different, innovation is the key to attracting new visitors and retaining current ones; the future of our “cultural built environment” – The Cochrane Historical Museum – will be driven by adaptability, flexibility and visitor engagement.
New methods of engaging volunteers and visitors mean a new set of skills for all of us involved in CHAPS. We must become skilled in developing a dialogic relationship with our community, our neighbours and a variety of stakeholders.
There is always a certain memorable magic to be found inside our house museum. At the very least the Cochrane Historical Museum tells a local story that might otherwise be forgotten.
Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society
September 19th, 2018
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:
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. If you’ve not renewed please get in touch with Bernice at email@example.com. You can also renew at the fall dinner November 17 at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Officer’s elected at our 2018 AGM.
Position Name Email
Past President Gordon Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
President Larry Want email@example.com
Vice President Tony Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Bernice Klotz email@example.com
Treasurer Donna Morris firstname.lastname@example.org
Directors at Large: