The LH Blog

Welcome to Lougheed House: Stories! Have you ever wanted to know more about the people who worked at Beaulieu, or get a glimpse into the back rooms of a museum? Ever wondered how an exhibit gets its start? 

In biweekly posts, find out about new research, what makes a historic house museum different than any other museum (and the challenges that come with it), sneak peeks into our current project, Lougheed House Reimagined, and so much more. Keep checking back or look for new posts on social media!  

Latest Posts

The Blair Sisters at Beaulieu

February 23, 2021

As part of our research for Lougheed House Re-Imagined, we are diving deep into some of the other people who once lived at Lougheed House. One of the questions most…

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Musing on House Museums

February 10, 2021
Coloured image of stately home in with brown bricks and brown roof.

Written by Kay Burns The “house museum” is a particular type of museum in the realm of museology. Like most museums, the aim of the house museum is to preserve…

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The Early Stampede

November 17, 2020

The era of the open-range cattle industry that began in the 1880s and peaked by 1906 was enabled by the Canadian government’s generous policies permitting large-scale cheap leases. While most…

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Calgary’s Literary Celebrity

November 12, 2020

Winnifred Eaton Reeve was a Canadian novelist and screenwriter born in 1875 in Montreal to an English father and a Chinese mother. She was one of the first successful Asian…

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Women in the Military

November 10, 2020

During the Second World War, Canada’s military was facing labour shortages and needed to find a way to free up capable men from administrative and support work so they could…

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Nellie McClung’s Complicated Legacy

November 5, 2020

In 1923, the well-known author, activist, and Alberta MLA Nellie McClung became a new neighbour of the Lougheeds. McClung and her family moved into a half-timbered house at 7th Street…

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Three Calgary Chinatowns

November 3, 2020

Chinese immigrants were attracted to Western Canada to work on the construction of the CPR in the early 1880s. They faced racist government policies and discrimination. In 1885, a discriminatory…

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The Gay History of Lougheed House

October 29, 2020

For many years, the park around Lougheed House was at the centre of Calgary’s gay prostitution stroll which was known in the community as the “Fruit Loop”. While the Beltline neighbourhood…

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Calgary’s Great Fire

October 27, 2020

  The November 6, 1886 edition of the Calgary Weekly Herald called for “an effective system of fire suppression […] required without delay”. The writer mused that due to neglected…

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Calgary’s Métis History

October 22, 2020

  Isabella Hardisty was born in Deninu Kué, ‘moose island place,’ a trading post on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake, also called Fort Resolution. She was the eldest…

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